Client Choice

Client choice allows those who are in need of food assistance to choose the best fitting and most appetizing foods to their like and need. Giving clients the ability to "shop" from the options available at the pantry or other emergency food resource allows them to maximize the utility of the food they receive and recognizes differences in health status, dietary restrictions, cooking skill level, and appetite. Client choice also reduces waste and helps clientele gain the most benefit from the resources available to them. 

Eating Right: Comfort Food Redesigned

Going Beyond Emergency Food: A Guide for Providers

Information on Client Choice

Making the Switch: A guide for converting to a client choice food pantry

Watch this video to learn more about converting to a Client Choice distribution system.

Role of Nutrition Educators in Enhanced Choice Food Pantries

Safe Food for the Hungry: Designing for Choice

Purdue University student actors collaborated with Lafayette Civic Theatre professionals to enact Isobel Miller’s engaging story about a design team that helps food pantry personnel make improvements toward a greater level of client choice.

Significance of Providing Client Choice

Watch Ken McKan's video about the significance of providing client choice at your local emergency food resource