Announcing our New Reverse-Mobile Food Shelf!
On October 1, 2016, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center will launch a Reverse-Mobile Food Shelf, a new model it has developed for addressing food insecurity, thanks in part to a generous grant from the Walmart Foundation.
As its name implies, the Reverse-Mobile model inverts the conventional approach of a Mobile Food Shelf by transporting those in need: Instead of bringing the standard smaller supply of food out to the community, we transport clients in need to our already-existing food shelf, capitalizing on our excellent, accessible space and the widest possible array of nutritious food.
“The Reverse-Mobile Food Shelf model is a concept we’ve been discussing for several years; we are elated that through the Walmart Foundation we have funding available to implement this model to better serve our community, particularly those with transportation barriers,” said Jonathan Palmer, Executive Director of Hallie Q. Brown Community Center.
Hallie Q. Brown is building partnerships with a variety of community organizations – including apartment complexes and senior living facilities – to arrange for regular pick-up times to transport residents to and from the food shelf. Transporting clients to Hallie Q. Brown will not only allow them access to food shelf services, but will also provide them access to our clothing closet, community programs and other wrap-around services.
The launch of the Reverse-Mobile Food Shelf comes after a successful pilot program with Wilder Square Apartments in St. Paul. Hallie Q. Brown expects to expand pick-up locations to at least 3 additional sites in the next several months, with the hopes of expanding even further in 2017. We anticipate the initiative will serve 500 new community members in the next year.
Interested in partnering with us to arrange a pick-up site? Please contact Jonathan Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jeff Bartlett at email@example.com, or call 651-224-4601.