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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- For some low-income families, getting to a food pantry to seek help can be a challenge in itself.

So the social services director for High Point's Salvation Army, Tashina Oladunjoye, says they came up with a new idea. They call it a "mobile food pantry." It's a truck filled with bags of food that workers hand out in high need areas.

"We have individuals in low income apartments that are in dry, food desert areas," Oladunjoye said. “These are individuals who cannot get out to pantries. Who cannot get out to their local grocery stores because of transportation, money in general."

The mobile food pantry will visit eight different apartment complexes -- two each week -- and will then repeat its rounds.

Oladunjoye says they hope to purchase a refrigerated truck so they can add fresh meats and produce to the food bags.

Either way, those the truck serves say it is already making a huge impact on their lives.

"I thank God for the program and I thank God for the Salvation Army," said Darlene Graves, who received food from the truck today. "It's going to help me feed my family another day."

Anyone is eligible to receive food through the program. For a complete schedule of the mobile food pantry, call the Salvation Army's information line at (336) 881-5415.