The Regional Food Bank (RFB) serves one in five residents of a large northern California county by distributing free food, providing training, and supporting about 200 food pantries. Additionally, the RFB acts as a referral service to individuals needing food assistance through its Food Help Line. The purpose of this leadership project was to investigate how the RFB can better serve communities by examining the communities the pantries serve. Two RFB staff members, the director of a food pantry, and myself used action research method in four cycles as our learning process. The first cycle attempted to determine which people do not attend pantries although they are in need of food assistance. The second and third cycles focused on changes made by the pantries and/or in the demographics of pantry clients. The fourth cycle focused on the needs of pantries from the perspective of the pantries and the perspective of the RFB. This project can be best seen as the beginning of a longer study about how to best serve communities in need.
|School:||Saint Mary's College of California|
|Department:||Leadership Studies Programs|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Public policy, Organizational behavior|
|Keywords:||Action research method, Food, Food banks, Food stamps, Hunger, Social justice|
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