Assessment

2_AssessmentYour pantry’s decision to focus on safe and healthy food pantry practices is an important first step. Assessing current pantry practices ensures that the strategies your pantry implements are reasonable and appropriate for the pantry and will have the most impact for food pantry clients. You might consider partnering with your county UW-Extension office or other local educational institution to help collect this information.

 

 

 

Safe & Healthy Food Pantries Assessment

This self-assessment tool is designed to allow pantries to assess current practices and policies that support a safe and healthy food pantry environment and suggests areas for improvement. Use this self-assessment tool to guide the development of your Action Plan.

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Safe & Healthy Food Pantry Self-Assessment

 

Food Source Self-Assessment


This self-assessment tool is designed to help you explore the relative percentage of food received from each of these sources to better understand points of leverage for improving the safety and nutritional quality of the foods you offer. That is, if you receive a majority of your inventory from a food bank, your action plan might look different than if you are primarily dependent on community or commercial donations.

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Food Source Self-Assessment

 

Inventory Assessment

The What’s on the Shelf? Inventory Snapshot Tool provides a rough estimate of current food inventory and allows you to better understand how food destined for distribution aligns with the amount of food per category necessary to meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In turn, this information can be used as a general guide for your food procurement and acquisition strategies. It is important to remember that this inventory assessment will only provide a snap-shot in time, and may not always be an accurate reflection of what you have on hand. If you choose to use this tool, please read the caveats and cations closely to understand the current capacity of the tool.

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What’s on the Shelf? Inventory Snapshot Tool

Community Asset Map


A community asset can be people, places, or services that exist in the community. Making a list or an asset map helps you better understand your community and identify partnership opportunities and other resources that can support your pantry. Refer to the University of Kansas Community Toolbox for more information on how to create a community asset map.

Client Interviews or Survey

Use a questionnaire to ask clients for feedback on general pantry operations and to get more information about safe and healthy food pantry strategies. Examples of information you might seek from pantry clients includes:

  • Special dietary needs or restrictions
  • Food preferences
  • Food safety concerns
  • Ideas for improving food pantry operations