Community Choice Pantry

The Community Choice Pantry was initiated at Community and Family Services in May 2012.

By providing the opportunity for individuals to make their own food selections, the Community Choice Pantry helps to restore dignity and gives a sense of well-being.

Community Choice" is a model of emergency food distribution that enables individuals to select their own food, much like a grocery store. Unlike most Food Banks, which provide clients with fixed boxes or bags of food with no ability to select the items included, community choice pantries allow individuals the ability to choose from a wide variety of foods, better enabling persons to meet their personal dietary needs.

The Community choice model offers other advantages, including:

  • A sense of dignity for clients and their families
  • Higher satisfaction with the food they are able to choose
  • Less waste and ultimately less cost of food provided
  • Greater opportunities for volunteer and clients to interact; more social, supportive relationship opportunities