Since February, students and staff at Moody High School have joined forces with the Coastal Bend Food Bank to provide a mobile food pantry at the school. It arrives on the last Monday of every month and begins at 5 p.m.
The mobile food pantry was an idea from the students at Moody High School because they had noticed that families in the neighborhood were hurting for certain necessities, like food.
“There’s been an increase of economically disadvantaged kids in our neighborhood,” Moody principal Sandra Clement says. “Parents have lost jobs … the cost of living has risen. It’s harder to get bills paid, it’s harder to buy the food that you need.”
The Trojan Mobile Food Pantry serves about 200 people monthly, Clement said.
“The truck comes up, our kids sort it all out,” Clement said. “We get a line of cars of anybody that lives in the 78415 and 78416 zip code. We don’t judge anybody that comes up. If they need it and if they stood in that line for a long time, they’re gonna get the food that they need to at least make it through the next week.”
The mobile food pantry will not check zip codes but do go by the honor system.
Organizers hope that the pantry displays how compassionate people can be and will carry it on in their lives.
For more information about the Trojan Mobile Food Pantry, check here.