Recommendations for Food Pantries

Based on our experience doing service work and our research, we have a number of recommendations for food pantries, so that they can better serve their clients and their communities.

  1. Create friendly spaces by enhancing the physical layout and environment of the pantry.
  2. Educate clients by offering life-enhancing classes and opportunities.
  3. Work with the larger community by engaging local neighborhoods.
  4. Serve whole families by reaching out to children.
  5. Serve individuals by addressing clients’ anxiety.
  6. Increase awareness by educating the public.
  7. Reach out to millennials and college student volunteers.
  8. Increase donations and reduce food waste by engaging in food recovery.
  9. Increase access to fresh foods by investing in community gardens.
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