Through five storefront pantries and multiple mobile pantries and produce distributions in 13 Ohio counties, the LSS Food Pantries are visited approximately 8,000 times per month.
Very often our services are simply helping a family through a difficult period such as a job loss or medical emergency. More than 50% of our clients visit the pantry five times or less per year.
Our clients are often no different from you or me. They are mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, sisters and brothers. They are working adults who are having difficulty paying rent, utilities or other household expenses. They simply need temporary assistance to make ends meet.
The LSS Food Pantries are honored to provide more than 2 million meals to hungry Ohio families each year.
The Choice Model
LSS transformed its food pantries to the choice food pantry model in 2006. The choice food pantry model allows clients to select their own foods within the USDA food groups. A choice pantry is organized like a supermarket using shelving, cold storage and freezer units to provide a shopping experience. Individuals and families are able to choose the food they like and will use. The choice food pantry concept helps to build self-esteem and provides dignity to those who are in need. It also allows the LSS Food Pantries to be a better steward of our donated or purchased food by eliminating the chance of giving out items that will not be used. Each family receives enough food for every family member to eat for at least three days.
The staff at the LSS Food Pantries are deeply connected to the mission and values of the LSS Network of Hope. It’s our responsibility to not only help people in need but to maintain their dignity in doing so. We walk alongside our clients as they strive to change and improve their lives.
People come to the LSS Food Pantries at different stages in their lives and for different reasons. Each person’s story is unique. We strive to meet our clients where they are in life and serve them as individuals so that they can better their lives. Here are some of those unique stories.
Experience all of the ways you can help the LSS Food Pantries make a difference in the lives of hungry families. Our services are so much more than food, although that is always a good start!
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