Friday, February 26, 2010
Weinberg Food Pantry Becoming More Like a Supermarket!
Did you know that the JFS Weinberg Food Pantry provides emergency food assistance to an average of 1,800 individuals per month? Until now, we have given every individual a pre-packed box of food according to family size. However, the Pantry manager realized that giving everyone the same box of food is like giving everyone a size six shoe; one size does not fit all. Plus, statistics show that an average of 40% of each pre-packed food box gets wasted because recipients don't like the same kind of foods or have specific diet restrictions.
Beginning next week, the Pantry will become a "choice" pantry, allowing clients to "shop" for their own food and choose the items they want and will consume. "Not only does this new system cut down on waste, but gives clients more dignity by allowing them to select the items they know they will use," says David Rabb, Pantry manager.
The Pantry staff and volunteers have been busy this week reorganizing the shelves and hanging signs that indicate the items and how many of each the clients will receive (based on family size). David also conducted a staff and volunteer training to ensure a smooth transition. "We are very excited about the new Choice Pantry, but we are prepared to handle challenges associated with the new system of operations," says David. Once everything is running smoothly, David plans to host a grand opening in the next couple months to showcase the new Pantry for donors and board members.