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The Orangeville Food Bank has moved to a new Shopping Model that allows individuals and families to shop for what they need on a weekly basis. After a long period of research and planning we began to phase this model into operations in December 2016. This system replaces the previous system of Volunteers filling client orders from the warehouse.
With the Shopping Model system each individual or family is allocated monthly points based on the size of their household. This model allows clients the dignity of shopping for their own grocery items, receiving foods they know their family will consume, leading to less waste and reducing the stigma associated with receiving an unknown food ‘hamper’.
The shopping area is set up like a grocery store and all grocery items cost points instead of dollars. People then go "shopping" with the help of a volunteer (if they wish) to navigate the shopping area. The clients select the items they need and then move to Check Out. In this area the total number of points in the client’s food order are added up and recorded. A client can use their points throughout the month until they are spent. At the end of every month the points are re-set to the original allocation for the individual or family.