This West Louisville pantry works like a small grocery retailer

Catholic Charities’ Sister Visitor Center in Louisville has opened a new pantry that looks and works like a small grocery store. The new pantry gives people the autonomy to decide what foods to get, whether because an adult has dietary restrictions, a child has food allergies or there is just a difficult palette to satisfy, said CEO Lisa DeJaco Crutcher: “Just because someone being poor and hungry doesn’t mean he has no likes and dislikes, ”she said. “We want to honor the dignity of every human being, and a select pantry is the best way to do it.” The sister visitor center made the physical changes required to transition to a select pantry after it was done last fall The project received a $ 45,000 community grant from Dare to Care. Save A Lot and Kroger also helped the pantry with supplies. Previously, the Sister Visitor Center operated a traditional pantry where customers picked up packaged groceries. The new pantry offers canned and basic groceries, fresh produce, bread, frozen meat and toiletries. Buyers check in and are accompanied by a personal shopper to help them choose. Customers receive 10 points that they can spend on specific items. other items are “free”. You can buy basic groceries once a month, but buy fresh produce and bread every week. The pantry coordinator Myya Little said customers love the new approach and appreciate the ability to choose their own groceries. Little, who as a young single mom was a customer of the Sister Visitor Center who later trained in culinary arts in the Common Table program of Louisville Catholic Charities, plans to add recipe cards and join the pantry repertoire in making healthy meals. The pantry is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. The Sister Visitor Center is a dare to care pantry and a member of the Association of Community Ministries. It has served West Louisville since 1969. The Catholic Charities of Louisville is a registered non-profit organization that serves as the Department of Social Affairs for the Archdiocese of Louisville to serve people in need, especially the poor and the oppressed. The CCL, founded in 1939, serves all people regardless of belief, race, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, ability or status. To volunteer or for more information, call the Sister Visitor Center at 502-776-0155. Donations are always welcome. Here is a list of the items needed: PineappleCanned GreensKetchupCoffee / TeaSugar Cooking OilDried BeansAlfredo SauceHamburger HelpersRavioliSalad DressingBody WashDeodorantShampoo / ConditionerToothbrush / ToothpasteBaby ItemsDonations can be made at the back of the sister visitor center.

Louisville Catholic Charities’ Sister Visitor Center has opened a new pantry that looks and works like a small grocery store.

The new pantry gives people the autonomy to choose what foods to get, be it because an adult has dietary restrictions, a child has food allergies, or just a difficult palette to satisfy, said CEO Lisa DeJaco Crutcher.

“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 everyone, and an exquisite pantry is the best way to do it.”

The Sister Visitor Center made the physical changes required to transition to a select pantry last fall after receiving a $ 45,000 community grant to the Dare to Care project.

Save A Lot and Kroger also helped the pantry with supplies. Previously, the Sister Visitor Center operated a traditional pantry where customers picked up prepackaged food supplies.

The new choice pantry offers canned and staple groceries, fresh produce, bread, frozen meat and toiletries. Buyers check in and are accompanied by a personal shopper to help them choose.

Customers receive 10 points that they can spend on specific items. other items are “free”. You can buy basic groceries once a month, but buy fresh produce and bread every week.

Pantry coordinator Myya Little said customers love the new approach and appreciate the ability to choose their own groceries.

Little, who was a client of the Sister Visitor Center as a young single mother and later trained in culinary arts in the Common Table program of Louisville Catholic Charities, plans to add recipe cards and join the pantry repertoire in making healthy meals.

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

The Sister Visitor Center is a dare to care pantry and a member of the Association of Community Ministries. It has served West Louisville since 1969.

Catholic Charities of Louisville is a registered non-profit organization that serves as the Department of Social Affairs for the Archdiocese of Louisville to help people in need, especially the poor and the oppressed.

Founded in 1939, CCL serves everyone regardless of belief, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, ability, or status.

To volunteer or for more information, call the Sister Visitor Center at 502-776-0155.

Donations are always welcome. Here is a list of the items needed:

  • pineapple
  • Canned greens
  • Ketchup
  • coffee, tea
  • sugar
  • Cooking oil
  • Dried beans
  • Alfredo sauce
  • Hamburg helpers
  • ravioli
  • salad dressing
  • shower gel
  • deodorant
  • Shampoo / conditioner
  • Toothbrush toothpaste
  • Baby items

Donations can be made in the rear area of ​​the sister visitor center.

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