In an effort to fight hunger in the Big Bend region, Centennial Bank and America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend have announced their partnership to provide two mobile food pantries. Through this partnership, Centennial will fund, coordinate and run the mobile food pantries to serve those living with hunger in the Big Bend.

On average, each Second Harvest mobile pantry event delivers 8,000 to 12,000 pounds of fresh foods, healthy non-perishable foods and bakery goods to 150 to 200 individuals representing 500 family members.

“It’s an honor to partner with Second Harvest to provide food for those in need throughout our community,” said Centennial Bank Apalachicola Area Market President Donnie Gay. “Our company makes donations, but our goal is to make a difference. We’re blessed to have staff who share the same vision and who have generously volunteered their time to help with this cause.”

Centennial Bank hosted the first mobile pantry at their Eastpoint location on April 13. Residents of Franklin County who were at 130 percent of the federal poverty guidelines were eligible to pick up a bag of food for their families. The pantry served 207 households with a total of 534 people.

America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend is the food bank that distributes millions of pounds of food every year to hungry families in the 11-county region of the Big Bend. In fiscal year 2015-16, Second Harvest distributed over 6.5 million pounds of food, enough for 5.2 million meals, to partner agencies in the Big Bend community. These nonprofit and faith-based organizations distributed the food to over 50,000 people each month.

To learn more about the Second Harvest of the Big Bend, volunteer at an upcoming event or make a food or monetary donation, visit www.FightingHunger.org