As of January 1, 2021, the Island Food Pantry has merged with the Island Grown Initiative (IGI). This change will transform and strengthen the Island’s support resources for those who face food insecurity, and enable us to build a stronger, more integrated food equity infrastructure.
We’ve made these changes in order to:
- Broaden our reach to underserved communities
- Reduce barriers to access
- Partner with health care providers to promote wellness and disease prevention through education and access to nutritious food
The Island’s dependence on seasonal employment and the high cost of living cause many to struggle to make ends meet, particularly in the off-season. Now, the health crises created by Covid-19 and the resulting economic distress and insecurity have left many more island residents in challenging circumstances.
Through our work, we meet many people suffering from food insecurity – neighbors, colleagues, and friends who cannot dependably get enough healthy, affordable food to survive and thrive. We hear their stories and feel their anxiety.
Everyone we serve has unique needs. To that end, we plan to create a client-centered food equity system, one that offers the right food to the right people at the right time.
Our approach will emphasize the effciencies and economic benefits of individual choice by innovating new models for food distribution, designing systems that better reflect the values and habits of those we serve. The result? Better planning, healthier clients, less food waste.
The Pantry will become a separate program within IGI, with its own budget, and will maintain its name, mission, and brand. Kayte Morris will become a Senior Director at IGI, reporting to Rebecca Haag, IGI’s Executive Director. Three members of The Pantry’s board of directors will join the IGI board in January.
Read the full press release here.
If you have for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together with our many volunteers, partners, and supporters, we help sustain our neighbors in times of need by providing a dependable source of wholesome food.