After the West Texas Food Bank helped out with Harvey relief and saw a definite need, they decided to start a Disaster Response Mobile Pantry here locally.

According to NewsWest 9, The mobile pantry will help out all the counties covered by the West Texas Food Bank which is 19 counties including Midland and Ector County.

They will be on-call for areas outside of the West Texas Food Bank jurisdiction should an emergency like Hurricane Harvey happen again.

It was designed and built in San Antonio by Cruising Kitchens, a famed food truck fabricator.

The Mobile Pantry will help the food bank in areas that are under-served when not responding to a disaster.

West Texas Food Bank Director Libby Campbell said this about the Mobile Pantry: “This project will help the West Texas Food Bank reach its goal of distributing over one million pounds of fresh produce this year. The Mobile Pantry is also going to be such an asset for disaster response in the state. Of course, we hope to never be called out to a disaster, but we are on the ready should one arise.”

The Mobile Pantry was also made possible by a grant from Occidental Petroleum and additional proceeds from Feeding Texas.

The food bank will hold a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Mobile Pantry Wednesday May 9, 2018 at the Oxy office.