LANSDALE — Garden of Health Inc. Food Bank served 475 cars free food July 16 at Lansdale Business Center.
The contactless drive-thru free food pickup included 10 pounds of produce, $50 worth of Schär gluten-free food, milk, eggs and laundry detergent, the organization said in a release.
In June, when a similar event was held, 150 cars came out.
Another free food pickup is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20.
Lines of cars formed long before the start of the July 16 event. Lansdale Police Department was on hand to help manage the traffic flow on N. Cannon Avenue, Garden of Health said.
“Today's turnout was proof that the need still exists for food assistance in our community, said Carol Bauer, Garden of Health's founder.
“We were prepared to serve 350 cars and luckily we had more food on hand to be able to serve the extra 125 that pulled in,” she said.
The food was sourced from various community partners, Garden of Health said. Collegeville resident Rochelle Alcala started a Facebook fundraiser to raise the money to supply the eggs, which were purchased from Alderfer Eggs in Franconia.
“A last-minute surplus delivery from Montco Anti-Hunger Network of fresh produce boxes and milk allowed the food bank to keep serving the additional cars,” the release said.
In 2019, Garden of Health distributed more than 85,000 pounds of produce. In 2020, 68,000 pounds were already distributed as of mid-July.
“Run solely on volunteers, the food bank moved into their first physical space at Lansdale Business Center on July 1, allowing them to expand their services and support the continued need for food assistance as a result of COVID-19,” the release said.
“As an allergen-friendly food bank, Garden of Health Inc. sources food specifically for families and individuals with celiac disease and other dietary restrictions — an underserved population at food pantries,” the release said. “Since the onset of COVID-19, in addition to the over 25 food pantries Garden of Health Inc. delivers to, they are also supplying food to the Emanuel EC Church of Souderton's meal program, Bean Bag Food Program, Montgomery County Anti-Hunger Network, Montgomery County Senior Adult Activities Center homeless meal program and over 100 private clients in need of special dietary foods.”
Information about Garden of Health is available at www.gardenofhealthinc.org or the Garden of Health Food Bank Facebook page.