The requirements to become a Pantry Partner are:
- Be a documented 501(c)3 charity in good standing with Gleaners.
- Be open to the public 12-18 hours per week, with some morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend hours.
- Allow clients to select their food from what is available, rather than receiving a pre-selected bag of food items. This enhances client esteem and minimizes waste.
- Be open to all eligible clients living within the pantry’s zip code or township of operation.
- Provide clients information about other food assistance programs such as SNAP, WIC, or CSFP.
- Be registered to receive TEFAP commodities (USDA).
Advantages for pantries that elect to become a Pantry Partner are:
- IHI subsidizes food bank handling fees.
- Gleaners works to assure Pantry Partners have adequate food to meet expanding community need.
- IHI offers a grant program to assist current and potential Pantry Partners with needs such as a major capital purchase. (Download grant guidelines—PDF.)
- IHI publicizes needs for community volunteers at Pantry Partners.
- Participation in sharing of experience and resources among Pantry Partner peers.
Pantries interested in considering becoming a Pantry Partner should contact Rebecca Hersey at Gleaners Food Bank, 925-0191.
Our goal is to establish at least one Pantry Partner in each township in Marion County, and one in each surrounding county. We began 2009 with no IHI Pantry Partners. Currently there are ten. (See map above, or printable PDF download.)
You can help change the system as well. If you are interested in working at a food pantry, volunteers are needed to help pantries stay open more days or longer hours in order to be more accessible. To learn more about being a vehicle of change, contact Dave Miner at firstname.lastname@example.org.