Community Role and Mission
As a primary Social Action of our church for the last 14 years, the FPC Food Pantry provides emergency food relief to local residents of the Brooklyn Heights area, an underserved population designated as “high need” by the NYC Food Bank due to a lack of hunger-relief services in the area.
In 2009, the FPC Food Pantry experienced a 58% increase in number of people visiting the pantry for emergency and supplementary food and a call to increased action to create additional resources to assist our community. In 2012, this need remained at an all-time high with up to 120 people coming to us for food each Thursday morning. The economy has receded while demand increases for an extra bag or two of life-giving groceries, particularly by low-income caregivers and out-of-work breadwinners. Clients are often the working poor of all ages with fixed incomes and limited mobility, making the FPC Food Pantry an important source of support. All people are welcome to the pantry; no one is turned away for any reason.
Hunger Relief and the New “Client-Choice” Pantry
We listened to our clients, learned best pantry practices and designed our program to allow for choice, transitioning to “The Client Choice” Model of food pantry. This model of pantry encourages clients to select food based on their own preferences, needs, and circumstances, which means more freedom and dignity and less produce being discarded at home.