Mobile Food Pantry

Second Harvest is committed to fighting hunger. Working together with a vast network to acquire, gather, and distribute nutritious food in our four county service region.

In 2012, several food pantries closed down in the city of Lorain. These closures prompted Second Harvest to conduct a gap analysis as part of an effort to find potential distribution sites in high-poverty areas lacking existing food pantries. We identified partners in targeted regions willing to work with us to plan and execute mobile food pantries—thus began the Second Harvest Mobile Pantry program. Our first partnership with El Centro de Servicios Sociales was solidified in March 2012 and is still going strong today. Throughout the years, Second Harvest has come and gone from sites throughout our service region, including the Lorain VFW #45 and the Lorain Public Library, Main Branch. During the years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio National Guard assisted in scaling up our Mobile Pantry Program to meet the sudden increase in need, eventually helping in over 500 Mobile Pantry distributions.

Mobile Food Pantry boxes are packed by volunteers at Second Harvest and driven over on the day of distribution with available fresh produce, protein, bread, and more. Currently, Second Harvest and community partners stage monthly Mobile Pantry distributions at Oakwood Park (Lorain), Black River Landing (Lorain), Willard City Park, and BGSU Firelands (Huron); and seasonal Mobile Pantry distributions at the campus of Lorain County Community College (Elyria).

In Your Neighborhood

More than 110 partner charities and programs form the backbone of our food distribution network. Food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile distributions and other partnerships serve food and dignity to our neighbors in need across our four-county region.

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Second Harvest Mobile Pantry Sites

  • BGSU Firelands
  • Black River Landing
  • Lorain County Community College
  • Oakwood Park
  • Willard Park & Recreation


Upcoming Drive-Thru Mobile Pantries

December 01, 2022

Longfellow Middle School Drive-Thru Mobile Pantry (Copy-2)

Longfellow Middle School
305 Louisiana Ave.
Lorain, OH 44052
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

December 08, 2022

Black River Landing Drive-Thru Mobile Pantry

Black River Landing
421 Black River Lane
Lorain, OH 44052
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

December 12, 2022

Ely Stadium Drive-Thru Mobile Pantry

Ely Stadium
1915 Middle Ave.
Elyria, OH 44035
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm