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GBR Food Bank hosts mobile pantry in Scotlandville

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POSTED: Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 8:00pm

UPDATED: Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 8:09pm

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and Together Baton Rouge teamed up to help give groceries to families living in the Scotlandville area.

Hundreds of people came out to get free milk, veggies, and bread.

The mobile pantry brought food from the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to St. Michael's Episopal Church.

Event organizers say people began lining up for the event early Saturday morning, because there are not many easy to access groceries in that area.

"Scotlandville is the largest food desert in Baton Rouge," said Edgar Cage with Together Baton Rouge. "There are over 1,800 residents that live in Scotlandville. 90 of them, 89.93 percent of them live more than a mile away from a large grocery store or super market. "

"Our pantries can't handle the volume of food that we have because, they don't have sufficient cooling capacity." said Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank CEO, Mike Manning. "So, this is a way for us to get the food to the people that need it in the best way possible."

Event organizers expect to have served close to 500 individuals at Saturday's mobile pantry.

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