Resources - Client Choice

Designing for Choice focuses around the term "client choice." Client choice is where food pantry clients can choose some or all of the food they bring home. Clients can use a shopping cart and walk the aisles or pick available foods from a list. Help for implementing client choice can be found in the Client Choice Manual and Making the Switch: A Guide for Converting to a Client Choice Food Pantry. Also, the following fact sheet, "Role of Nutrition Educators in Enhanced Choice Food Pantries" will provide agencies information on how to set up a client-choice food pantry model. Additionally, you can visit "Charity Food Programs that can End Hunger in America", which has information about client choice and additional topics. For more information about client choice, watch the following Ken McKan video clip:

A video is also available promoting the "Client Choice” approach to distributing goods at food pantries. Inspired by Indiana TEFAP program mandate for client choice practice and previous videos by the Safe Food for the Hungry Program, (Ken McKan the Food Safety Man) we are pleased to promote best practices in a creative and entertaining manner. Watch the Designing for Choice video here.

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.

Carol Boushey and Martha Gipson produced the video with partial funding from Family and Social Services Administration, Division of Family and Children, Housing and Community Services Section, and the Community Food and Nutrition Program. Filming and directing was provided by Robert M. Hat from the Office of Information Technology at Purdue University.

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