"Client choice" is a model of emergency food distribution that enables clients to select their own food, much like a grocery store. Unlike most pantries, which provide clients with fixed boxes or bags of food with no ability to select the items included, client choice pantries allow clients the ability to choose from a wide variety of foods, better enabling clients to meet their personal dietary needs.
The client choice model offers other advantages, including:
Two client choice pantries operate in conjunction with Gleaners:
Shared Harvest Pantry is a Client Choice Pantry in Livingston County that has been in operation since 1999. It has grown considerably since its inception in amount of food distributed, number of individuals served and pantry hours. Currently, Shared Harvest is operating as a program of Gleaners Community Food Bank of Livingston.
Collaboration, skillful management, a conscious culture of respect as well as the extensive, engaging use of volunteers are the cornerstones of success for the pantry. The collaborative aspect of Shared Harvest includes the partnership between Gleaners Community Food Bank and the numerous churches, religious groups, and social groups and their members who are committed volunteers regularly staffing the pantry.
Learn more about Livingston County's Shared Harvest Pantry
In conjunction with Gleaners' Taylor Distribution Center, Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry was established in June of 2008 to help feed our hungry neighbors in six Downriver communities.
Fish & Loaves is a network of churches committed to providing food assistance to families and individuals in need. More information about the organization is available at www.downriverfishandloaves.org.
Other client choice pantries can be found at www.pantrynet.org
Hope Center is a no-cost client choice food pantry that is set up in a grocery store format. We distribute food based upon the number of members in the household. Access to the food pantry is limited to 6 times per year, no more than once every 30 days.
At Hope Center, our primary goal is to connect those in need with the services that can best meet their needs. Often times, we can meet the need right at Hope Center (as is the case with our food pantry) but when we can't we will do our best to help you find someone who can meet your need.
Learn more about Hope Center in Macomb