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Pound for Pound, Person by Person: Client-choice Shopping

When we think of Food Pantries, we very rarely think of a “shopping experience”. The term “food pantry” has been used to identify a location that provides nourishing commodities to those in need. Often times, clients that utilize these facilities will be given prepackaged goods. In the event they are able to pick and choose, time and options can be limited.

The Fresh Food Market at Woodbine Elementary aims to create a new standard of food pantry. Using food provided by the Community FoodBank of NJ, students participating in Service Learning organize a market space for families to shop through.

Upon entering the market, families are greeted with a box containing a frozen protein. For larger families, extra protein is provided. The first stop families make is at the produce stand. Fresh fruits and vegetables are able to be sorted through  and chosen. Next up, canned items and whole grain foods. Based upon availability of products, CFBNJ-SB will try to provide ample options to ensure the whole family is considered. The last stop at the market includes beverages.

During distribution times, educational program is provided by NJ SNAP-Ed, as well as outside partners looking to make a positive impact on the lives of school families. Physical activity programming in ongoing during the market.

Through the creation of food access, coupled with education and physical activity, the people of Woodbine are encouraged to live active and healthy lifestyles.

About the Grantee

Community Food Bank of New Jersey (CFBNJ)

We are the state’s largest anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization. Working together with volunteers, donors and our many partners, we fill the emptiness caused by hunger with Food, Help and Hope. We fight hunger and poverty in New Jersey by assisting those in need and seeking long-term solutions. We engage, educate and empower all sectors of society in the battle.