Food Pantry opens attached thrift store to fund operations


[image credit: The Daily News]

Food banks need cash to buy fresh food

While canned goods often make up the bulk of the donations given to a food bank, the healthiest, freshest foods such as fruits and vegetables, meat, and dairy, often must be purchased – and this requires cash.

Solution: Open thrift shop to generate ongoing revenue

After noticing that patrons often need clothing, shoes, and other goods in addition to food, the pantry decided to open a thrift shop on the premises. The thrift store generates a number of side benefits, in addition to revenue: a steady flow of shoppers and donors helps spills over into the food bank; the thrift shop serves as a source of goods and employment for patrons in need; and

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Category: Hunger


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