CROSS has modernized their pantry (food shelf shopping area). Last July, the CROSS pantry started moving to a Client Choice Model of shopping.
The Client Choice Model means moving from pre-packing food bags into a warehouse style of shopping environment. In this model food is set up on shelves by food groups, which allows families to walk through the space and choose items according to the pantry guidelines. This model allows families to handle food and look at the labels as if they were shopping in a grocery store. This makes sense for families as they know what their family can eat, in addition to making sense for volunteers as the amount of hauling and moving the groceries is reduced.
The Client Choice Model has reduced the number of time donated food items are touched from seven times with the outdated model of volunteers packing bags to only two touches with the Client Choice Model, impressive. Each family has reduced food consumption by more than 20 percent with the Client Choice Model.
The moderation of the pantry happened in because of Hunger Free MN, Rogers Rotary, St. Joseph Church of New Hope – Youth Group volunteers, Malark Company work crew and the CROSS volunteers.
Meanwhile, CROSS Easter basket collections is in full swing. CROSS is looking for empty Easter baskets, small stuffed animals, egg coloring kits, and Easter story books to fill baskets for distribution. CROSS is asking the community to think of the numerous challenges already faced by children in need on a daily basis and implore people to help them ensure that the children experience one less obstacle to overcome in the pursuit.
CROSS Services provides food, clothing, seasonal children’s programs, limited financial assistance, and Meals on Wheels to families living in the communities of Corcoran, Dayton, Maple Grove, Osseo, Rogers and west Champlin. Now based in Rogers, CROSS has been operating for nearly four decades and serves over 600 families each month. For more information, contact CROSS at 763-425-1050 or visit the website at www.CROSSservices.org.