Client Choice allows food pantry clients to provide input about the foods they are receiving instead of receiving a pre-packaged or standard bag of groceries. With this method, clients do not have to take items they already have, do not like, or cannot eat for health and/or personal reasons. There are multiple levels of client choice. Which level of choice are you? Check out the different levels of choice below to see what level your agency is:
Full Client Choice:
Food pantry set up like a mini supermarket. Guest touch and select their own foods, making selections such as brands, container types (canned/boxed or frozen vs. canned)
- Clients can shop like a grocery store
- Clients select items from tables, like at a farmers’ market
Modified Client Choice:
Clients can choose from a menu OR clients tell volunteers what they want and the volunteers select and bag/box the foods for the clients.
Pantry has a prepared list; clients indicate their preferences.
- Pantry has a prepared list; clients select from the exact items that are available from that list.
Pantry prepares some basic boxes, but clients select the remaining items from either a list OR from tables.
Limited Client Choice:
Choices offered between different types of pre-packaged bags and boxes OR limited choice (five or less) selection items.
Pantry prepares a variety of boxes; clients make a selection from multiple box types.
Pantry prepares packages with an additional five or less options for clients to choose from.
For questions, contact the Food Bank's Agency Relations team at (315) 437-1899.