Catholic Charities of Louisville’s Sister Visitor Center has opened a new choice food pantry that looks and functions like a small grocery store.The new pantry gives people the autonomy to choose what foods they receive, whether it’s because an adult has dietary restrictions or a child has food allergies, or there’s just a difficult-to-please palette, CEO Lisa DeJaco Crutcher said.“Just because someone is poor and hungry doesn’t mean they don’t have likes and dislikes,” she said. “We want to honor the dignity of every human being and a choice pantry is the best way to do that.”Sister Visitor Center started making the physical changes needed to transition to a choice pantry last fall after receiving a $45,000 community grant for the project from Dare to Care.Save A Lot and Kroger also have helped the pantry with supplies. Previously, Sister Visitor Center operated a traditional food pantry from which clients picked up pre-packaged supplies of food.The new choice pantry features canned goods and staples, fresh produce, bread, frozen meats, and personal hygiene items. Shoppers check in and are accompanied by a personal shopper to help them make their choices.Clients receive 10 points to spend on certain items; other items are “free.” They may shop for staples once a month but can return for fresh produce and bread every week.Pantry coordinator Myya Little said clients love the new approach and appreciate the opportunity to choose their own foods.Little, who, as a young single mom was a client of Sister Visitor Center, and later trained in culinary arts in Catholic Charities of Louisville’s Common Table program, plans to add recipe cards and help on preparing healthy dishes to the pantry’s repertoire.The choice pantry is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sister Visitor Center, 2235 W. Market St., and serves residents in the Russell, Shawnee, and Portland neighborhoods.Sister Visitor Center is a Dare to Care food pantry and a member of the Association of Community Ministries. It has served west Louisville since 1969.Catholic Charities of Louisville is a registered nonprofit organization that serves as the social service ministry of the Archdiocese of Louisville to serve people in need, especially the poor and oppressed.Founded in 1939, CCL serves everyone regardless of faith, race, ethnic origin, sex, gender identity, ability or status.If you’d like to volunteer or get more information, call Sister Visitor Center at 502-776-0155. Donations are always welcome. Here’s a list of items needed:PineapplesCanned greensKetchupCoffee/teaSugarCooking oilDried beansAlfredo sauceHamburger HelperRavioliSalad dressingBody washDeodorantShampoo/conditionerToothbrush/toothpasteBaby itemsDonations can be dropped off in the back of the Sister Visitor Center.

Catholic Charities of Louisville’s Sister Visitor Center has opened a new choice food pantry that looks and functions like a small grocery store.

The new pantry gives people the autonomy to choose what foods they receive, whether it’s because an adult has dietary restrictions or a child has food allergies, or there’s just a difficult-to-please palette, CEO Lisa DeJaco Crutcher said.

“Just because someone is poor and hungry doesn’t mean they don’t have likes and dislikes,” she said. “We want to honor the dignity of every human being and a choice pantry is the best way to do that.”

Sister Visitor Center started making the physical changes needed to transition to a choice pantry last fall after receiving a $45,000 community grant for the project from Dare to Care.

Save A Lot and Kroger also have helped the pantry with supplies. Previously, Sister Visitor Center operated a traditional food pantry from which clients picked up pre-packaged supplies of food.

The new choice pantry features canned goods and staples, fresh produce, bread, frozen meats, and personal hygiene items. Shoppers check in and are accompanied by a personal shopper to help them make their choices.

Clients receive 10 points to spend on certain items; other items are “free.” They may shop for staples once a month but can return for fresh produce and bread every week.

Pantry coordinator Myya Little said clients love the new approach and appreciate the opportunity to choose their own foods.

Little, who, as a young single mom was a client of Sister Visitor Center, and later trained in culinary arts in Catholic Charities of Louisville’s Common Table program, plans to add recipe cards and help on preparing healthy dishes to the pantry’s repertoire.

The choice pantry is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sister Visitor Center, 2235 W. Market St., and serves residents in the Russell, Shawnee, and Portland neighborhoods.

Sister Visitor Center is a Dare to Care food pantry and a member of the Association of Community Ministries. It has served west Louisville since 1969.

Catholic Charities of Louisville is a registered nonprofit organization that serves as the social service ministry of the Archdiocese of Louisville to serve people in need, especially the poor and oppressed.

Founded in 1939, CCL serves everyone regardless of faith, race, ethnic origin, sex, gender identity, ability or status.

If you’d like to volunteer or get more information, call Sister Visitor Center at 502-776-0155.

Donations are always welcome. Here’s a list of items needed:

  • Pineapples
  • Canned greens
  • Ketchup
  • Coffee/tea
  • Sugar
  • Cooking oil
  • Dried beans
  • Alfredo sauce
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Ravioli
  • Salad dressing
  • Body wash
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Baby items

Donations can be dropped off in the back of the Sister Visitor Center.

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