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Pinellas County mobile food pantry feeds hundreds

Posted: 11:41 AM, Dec 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-03 17:36:56-05
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PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — More than 120,000 people in Pinellas County worry about where their next meal is going to come from.

A partnership between the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority and Feeding Tampa Bay is hoping to change that by offering a mobile food bank.

They launched the mobile food unit in July.

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The food bank allows them to deliver healthy foods like fruits, vegetables and protein to people who may not have the means or transportation to get it.

Douglas Arthur is one of them.

He waited in line for hours at the PSTA Headquarters in St. Pete to have the opportunity to grab food he otherwise wouldn't be able to afford this month.

"I get food stamps and only get like $95 a month and you know I go to food pantry's also but this will help out extra," Arthur said.

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Penny Whitlock and her 4-year-old daughter Rose were the first in line. Whitlock says the food bank helps a lot, especially around the holidays.

"It helps with extra food that we need and it puts food on the table," Whitlock said.

PSTA CEO, Brad Miller says he's seen the need for Pinellas County residents firsthand. He says the partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay allows people to get what they need and use the transportation the county provides to get it.

"This great partnership is the first of its kind in the region where we bring the food trucks. The food bank to where the customers are," Miller said. "What we would like to do is keep doing them and then go in other parts of the county. Go to where we have other transit centers."

Two more mobile food banks are taking place in March and May.