- Food is offered in a setting that looks like a grocery store and the clients are allowed to choose their own food, rather than being handed a pre-packed bag.
- Most of the food is fresh, including meat, vegetables, fruit, bread, and eggs.
- To get food from Freshplace, a person has to commit to work with the Freshplace case manager to create a Freshstart plan designed to move them toward self-sufficency.
And we heard from Susan, a volunteer, whose primary role is to accompany a member as they shop. Susan said she volunteers on the same day each week so that she gets to know the members. She said that as they shop through the pantry together, they often discuss food and how to prepare it and that more often she is the student! Susan spoke powerfully about the relationships she has built with the members, talking with them, supporting them in their challenges, weeping with them in their trials.
It's these kind of caring, compassionate, one-on-one exchanges between people that, I believe, can help someone take the next step to move out of poverty toward self-sufficiency.
Thank you to everyone who has made this program work!