Food Pantry Strategic Plan

Organization: 
Holy Redeemer Health System
City: 
Meadowbrook
State: 
Pennsylvania
Organization Overview: 

Holy Redeemer's holistic approach to healing is unique among healthcare providers. Caring for the total person goes beyond the act of delivering excellent medical care. It involves meeting the emotional, spiritual and social services needs of those we serve. From maternity and neonatal services, to end-of-life care and every stage of life in between, Holy Redeemer's services focus on your total well-being.

Holy Redeemer is a community-based integrated health and social service delivery and financing system sponsored by The Sisters of the Holy Redeemer. In a caring and compassionate manner, we will create innovative programs and services to enable people to live their lives to the fullest, while exceeding the expectations of all we serve. This will be accomplished by excelling at partnering and using resources effectively.

OUR VALUES

Respect — We revere all life as sacred and value each person as one created by God.

Compassion — We practice empathy towards each other, creating a healing presence in times of pain and struggle.

Hospitality — We welcome the stranger, guests and each other in a friendly and generous manner.

Holistic Care — We are attentive and responsive to the needs of the whole person: physical, spiritual, emotional and social.

Collaboration — We work jointly and cooperatively, networking within Holy Redeemer and with other systems and persons.

Stewardship — We care for all of creation, human and material, that has been entrusted to us by God.

Justice — We treat others at all times with fairness and honesty.

Project Name: 
Food Pantry Strategic Plan
Project Type: 
Strategic Plan
Project Overview: 

To begin a preliminary study and ultimately pilot a program to begin to address food insecurity in a more effective and strategic way through our existing food pantry operations. 

Through this pilot, we want to learn the best way to begin addressing food insecurity in the communities/populations that we serve. We realize that the current model in which our food pantries exist (more of a crisis food pantry model) is not the most effective way to begin tackling food insecurity. Our goal, through collaboration with other organizations, technology upgrades, and nutrition screenings is to implement a better model that will help us reach more people, ultimately in a more impactful way.

Key Areas of Focus

Screening tools: Among standard screening measures that are already being done at our pantry locations, we would look to implement a screening for health and dietary needs for all potential food pantry clients. We also would be looking to identify those clients that we are serving who qualify as dual-eligible beneficiaries. We would look to have a clinician onsite at our pantry locations to assist in these upgraded screening measures.

Technology: Upgrade our pantry locations to “smart” pantries or digital choice pantries. In addition to converting, in some cases, hand written information into electronic format, clients would check into our pantries electronically and be guided, based on the screening tools that have been administered, to the best food choices for their family. Also, we would look to purchase vehicles to be able to deliver food to those who cannot physically come to our pantry locations.

Our own physician practices: A pilot screening process could be rolled out initially at one of our physician practices that would screen patients for food insecurity. Based on those “best practice” screening questions, patients could be referred to one of our pantries to assist with nutritional needs.

Our own vegetable gardens: Through community partnerships, we could significantly expand the capacity of our own current gardens with the ability to begin to offer more fresh produce at our food pantry locations.

Deliverable(s)

A successful project would address the best path forward for converting our current food pantry operations to an operational model that is focused on addressing food insecurity in a more strategic and impactful way. Specifically, a finished product would demonstrate a viable food pantry model that incorporates the key areas of focus indicated above.

Spots Available: 
1-3
Eligibility: 
Executive; Full-Time
To Apply: 

To apply for this project, please contact Cassie Tomkins at ctomkins@upenn.edu.

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Contact Information

Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829

felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu