The development of a new Oshkosh Area Community Pantry site has been unique in that it has increased accessibility by expanding the hours of operations. It is handicapped accessible for people with disabilities. The pantry allows people to have greater dignity by making it possible for them to shop for the food they receive rather than be handed a bag of groceries.
Increased space and refrigeration equipment make it possible for customers to have increased accessibility to fresh produce and meats which are currently lacking in most pantries. Food nutrition, cooking and food education opportunities are also provided thru the collaborative efforts of UW Extension.
Key to our growth has been our ability to expand volunteer opportunities beyond the traditional base of retirees. We have sought to also extend volunteer opportunities to our customers – not as sweat equity – but in an effort to offer them both the dignity of work as well as the pride in ownership of the pantry operation.