The House of Hope’s Client Choice food pantries are the leading source of food for the food insecure residents in Martin County. With answers to a few simple questions, people can receive a supply of nutritionally balanced groceries, including canned and dry goods, bread and pastries, fresh produce and meat, dairy products, beverages and deli products.
Simulating a small grocery store, Client Choice pantry shopping is offered to enrolled clients monthly, or more often, depending upon household size and circumstances. They are welcome to “shop” using a menu of choices including categories such as meats, dairy, canned vegetables, canned fruits, beverages, options (condiments, snacks, baking products, coffee & tea, spices, etc.), sides, tomato products, cereals, soups, beans and more. Balanced nutrition is encouraged and various program partners offer opportunities for clients to learn easy and affordable recipes and meal plans designed to help combat obesity and other chronic diseases associated with under-resourced households.
Monthly bread and produce service provides clients with the ability to bring fresh produce and baked bread into the household in between Client Choice shopping trips to enable families to prepare fresh meals and snacks
Day Bag service is available to clients experiencing homelessness and provides a daily allotment of ready-to-eat meals and snacks as well as daily bread and produce offerings. Unable to prepare or store their groceries given their living conditions, clients experiencing homelessness may come for service every day that the pantries are open. The Elisabeth Lahti Nutrition Center has greatly enhanced the nutrition in these day bag offerings, enabling House of Hope to prepare freshly made sandwiches and salads. (You and/or your group may schedule a group volunteer project preparing fresh salads and sandwiches for Day Bag Services. Click here to learn more!)
If your household requires assistance in procuring adequate nutrition, please call (772) 286 – 4673 or visit your nearest branch to learn how to enroll at House of Hope.
House of Hope fills its four Client Choice pantries with food donated by the community and local food markets as well as through partnerships with the area food banks and growers. The public is invited to help stock the shelves by volunteering, conducting a food drive, and/or making monetary donations to enable House of Hope to purchase pantry staples at wholesale rates.
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