Trees of Hope: Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry

Taylor Dayton
Updated: December 16, 2019 06:48 PM

With vehicles lined up as far as the eye can see, Northlanders wait for food from Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank at a mobile food pantry in Solon Springs. "I come from Dairyland Wisconsin, Debi Buck said. "I got up at seven o'clock and headed over here this morning for this food."


Buck and her grandson, Landon are the first ones in line on a cold November day waiting for their box of canned goods, and even a special Thanksgiving Turkey. "Well it's kind of fun and it keeps us healthy and stuff," Buck's grandson, Landon said.

Buck says the food from the mobile food pantry helps her provide nutritious meals to her grandkids and to her elderly mother who now lives with her. "She just turned 82 years old, so I live with her and do all of her cooking now."

She says having access to this food resource "is teaching me to do more cooking at home instead of in a restaurant."

Just a few cars down the line of vehicles we met someone else who benefits from this drive through food pantry. "I'm a single mom. Sometimes I need just a little help at the end of the month to get by," Amanda Wester said.

To help out these individuals and families, Second Harvest operates three mobile food pantries across the region: Hurley, Cloquet, and this one in Solon Springs. "We bring them into places where there is either a high need in the community, or there is not enough resources," Second Harvest Program Director Dan Wilson said. "Here we are just bringing it because there are people in need."

Wilson says whether it is the people getting their cars filled with food, or those volunteers distributing the food, they all share a little bit of holiday cheer. "People are just really gracious in what they receive. I get a lot of the hugs and God bless yous from everybody else's hard work at the food bank."

Because the food offered at these mobile food pantries can make the a huge difference for single moms like Wester. "It helps make sure that I am not stressing about making sure that they have food to last until I get to the grocery store."

To register for the mobile food bank in your area, just log onto and click on "find food" and you will find the closest distribution to your location.


Taylor Dayton

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