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Holliston Pantry Shelf Collaborates with the Greater Boston Food Bank

by Press Release
March 16, 2019

Five Partner Agencies Participate in GBFB’s Healthy Pantry Pilot Program

In partnership with The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), the largest hunger-relief organization in New England, Holliston Pantry Shelf, is one of five of agencies that is participating in GBFB’s Healthy Pantry pilot program. Designed to educate and empower partner agencies, the program will help promote and display a healthy selection of foods for clients.

The program consists of three learning modules, two to four lessons each, and covers Nudges, Click ‘N Cook, and the Supporting Wellness at Pantries (SWAP) nutrition measurement system. 

 • Nudges are small changes in the pantry environment that can shift people’s behavior in a predictable way; 

• Click ‘N Cook is GBFB’s online recipe database that offers easy, healthy recipes in seven languages; 

• SWAP is a nutrition measurement system used on ShopGBFB, GBFB’s online food ordering platform, that helps shoppers choose the healthiest options in GBFB’s inventory.  

This is a key component of our Eastern Massachusetts service area capacity building efforts which is a strategic focus for GBFB’s newly announced Hunger Free 2028 vision.

Participants move through the program step by step— the completion of one module and its related activities allows access to the next step. Each module has a pre-test and a post-test and an activity to apply at the facility.

“We are so grateful to Greater Boston Food Bank for including our Pantry as one of the early participants in the Healthy Pantry pilot program,” said Keely Krantz, Vice President of Holliston Pantry Shelf.  “We are eager to incorporate several of the program concepts, including modifications to how we display and promote food choices – to better connect our clients with healthy food options.”

“This program will allow us to cultivate and develop standard practices for all of our partner agencies and promote healthy selections amongst our clients,” said Adriene Worthington, RDN, LDN, GBFB assistant director of nutrition. “We are currently in the pilot stage with five agencies participating and providing feedback. Next steps include incorporating feedback and improving the current modules, developing additional modules, offering the program to additional agencies, and further development of data management.”

About The Greater Boston Food Bank:  The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. GBFB provides the equivalent of 50 million healthy meals annually, distributed through its network of 526 member food pantries, meal programs and shelters across Eastern Massachusetts. GBFB operates four direct service programs at nearly 70 sites throughout the area. A member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network, GBFB serves more than 140,000 people every month in its goal to create a hunger-free Eastern Massachusetts. For more information, visit us at GBFB.org, become a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@gr8bosfoodbank) and Instagram, or call us at 617.427.5200.

The Holliston Pantry Shelf, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, serves close to 200 families in town, and is entirely operated and staffed by volunteers in the community.    Any resident of Holliston may go to the Town Clerk’s office in Town Hall to obtain a Pantry ID card, which entitles them to shop weekly at the Pantry.  Shopper’s identities are kept strictly confidential.  The Holliston Pantry Shelf is located at 73 Charles Street.   Donations are always welcome.  Pantry Hours are Monday - Friday 10am - 2 pm, and evening hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 - 7:30 pm.   If the Pantry is closed, donations can be placed in the large box directly outside the Pantry entrance.  For more information, please visit www.hollistonpantryshelf.org

 

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