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Endicott food pantry opens in shopping model mode

 

September 5, 2019

Dave Gilman, right, runs the pantry along with volunteers Gerry and Judy Driver.

The Endicott Food Pantry had its grand re-opening Thursday, Aug. 29, after it changed its service from bagged groceries to a 'shopping model' of pantry distribution.

Paige Collins has made a push for pantries in the area to switch to a 'shopping model' because it is a much more dignified way to serve those who need food.

Years ago, Collins helped CAC in Pullman adopt the same, and the Colfax Pantry is an example of how this is done. Families in need have very little 'choice' as to how they access services and how they fill basic needs, that is why it's nice to make using the food pantry as much like 'regular' grocery shopping as possible. This shopping model also allows for less waste and is more efficient.

The Endicott pantry serves the community on the fourth Thursday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church on Banta Street.

 
 

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