In the spring and summer of 2021, WGF Studio painted three new cold storage trailers at non-profit food assistance organizations in Brandywine, Landover, and Lanham, Maryland. In partnership with Washington Gas, the Prince George's County Food Equity Council helped partners purchase, upgrade, and add artwork to the refrigerated trailers that will enable food assistance providers and food pantries to distribute more fresh food to residents in need.
The three trailers will each be shared by at least four neighboring organizations. Participating organizations will work together to purchase perishable foods like fruits, vegetables, and dairy that will be stored in the shared refrigerated space. The trailers provide an opportunity to distribute more fresh and healthy food items to underserved and vulnerable families. The additional cold storage space helps increase the amount of food that can be stored and distributed while also reducing the amount of perishable food wasted.
Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity has skyrocketed with an estimated 150,000 food insecure residents in Prince George’s County, the highest food insecurity rate in the region. At the Trinity Assembly of God in Lanham, Maryland, boxes of fresh vegetables have been distributed to residents each week. Some residents take multiple boxes, and then distribute the produce to additional families near their home. The food trailer in Lanham will help keep the produce fresh.