CEAP families enjoying the grocery market model at Blaine
In early 2014 CEAP transitioned to the Choice or Market Model at our Brooklyn Center location wherein families using CEAP’s food shelf could “shop” for themselves rather than have their food packed for them by staff and volunteers. This form of service was an immediate hit both with participants and volunteers and CEAP has never looked back at our Brooklyn Center location. People are enjoying the shopping experience using grocery carts and looking over the stocked shelves just as one would at a grocery store.
Naturally CEAP wanted to see how that could be offered at our Blaine location, a much smaller space that presented some unique challenges. In 2015 we were able to make it happen through re-assessing what to have on the shelves and a re-arrangement of shelving, and some brief coaching of food shelf users there. Now people are telling us much the same thing in Blaine as they have been in Brooklyn Center – how much they enjoy being able to select what they want for themselves and their families. Volunteers have embraced the change as well because of the increased opportunity to meet the folks they are serving face to face. Lastly, we feel the Choice Model aligns better with CEAP’s mission to help people “live independently and with dignity”.