created at: 2012-07-30Where will we put the eggs? And if we get the eggs today, where will we put the carrots tomorrow? Bernice Behar, Program Manager of Family Table, the JF&CS food pantry, made hard choices like this every week. Since the economic downturn in 2008, Family Table has more than doubled in size and now serves more than 300 families in two locations with three distributions every month.
But the growing demand for fresh produce plus the increased number of families created a logistical challenge. With two small freezers and only one refrigerator, the team had to be strategic about if and when it brought in certain items. Because there wasn’t enough storage space, they frequently ended up having to make difficult choices or paying for produce to be delivered the morning of a distribution instead of sourcing free produce that needed refrigeration.

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