Written by Dylan Harris
Rexburg Mobile Food Pantry has been giving aid to families in Madison County for the past 18 months.
The Rexburg Mobile Food Pantry distributes food the third Tuesday of every month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Wilcox Fresh Warehouse in Thorton, Idaho.
The Mobile Food Pantry has moved from its previous location in a short amount of time, but it has finally found a destination with the help of Wilcox Fresh, a resident of Thornton, who volunteered his warehouse for their new location at 4891 S. Highway 191.
When the program was in jeopardy, organizer and founder of the program Jessica Goudy, said Wilcox Fresh stepped up and offered its warehouse.
“They brush it off like it’s no big deal, but it really is a big deal,” Goudy said.
The vast majority of what the Mobile Food Pantry distributes are fresh fruits and vegetables, with an allotted pound per person quotient to fill state and federal standards, according to the Food Pantry’s Web page.
There is no need for any kind of financial proof to receive the aid, according to Idahofoodbank.org.
Goudy said the new location opening came with a new opportunity to offer drive-through services.
“So many people are saying, ‘Wow, I can actually come and not worry about my toddler running off,’” Goudy said.
The Mobile Food Pantry is a joint venture of both Madison Cares and the Family Crisis Center. The Idaho Foodbank provides the food.
Donors, volunteers and nonprofit partners support The Idaho Foodbank in the entire state, according to the Idaho Foodbank website.
Reuben Vialpando, a volunteer driver for the food bank, travels to Rexburg and surrounding areas to Mobile Food Pantries from Bear Lake and Salmon.
Vialpando said it is a good thing Rexburg found a location for the warehouse.
“It’s certainly a new concept in Eastern Idaho, but I feel like it’s a great new way of keeping everyone happy and moving along, so we can do the best we can do,” Vialpando said.