“Client Choice” Pantry

Client Choice photo2HOPE STATION offers one of the first “Client Choice” Food Pantries in eastern North Carolina that operates three days each week (except holidays), every week of the year.  This pantry model allows clients to make their own selections based on food preferences, dietary needs/restrictions, and cooking capacities.  Volunteers assist each clients in making food selections.  By nearly all accounts, client responses to Hope Station’s pantry style are overwhelmingly positive, with comments as general as, “I like it!” to as specific as, “I got to choose everything I needed for a whole meal.”

choose my plateThe pantry is organized to distribute food based on the “Choose My Plate” nutrition recommendations.  Every attempt is made to offer food choices from each of the five food groups at each pantry day.

To offer the most nutritious foods possible, below is the list of foods we try to keep stocked in the Pantry.  In addition, there are items noted for special dietary needs.

Donations may be delivered to Hope Station during office hours (Monday – Thursday,  8:00 am – 4:00 pm; Friday, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm), and by appointment at other times.  Arrangements may be made for Hope Station staff to pick up large collections of food. The items marked with (*) are particularly needed at this time. 


Shelf-stable products

  • Canned tuna or chicken
  • Peanut butter
  • Pudding cups * (with milk listed as first ingredient)
  • Healthy cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Applesauce
  • Canned fruit in natural juice
  • 100% fruit juices
  • Canned vegetables, including low salt (no green beans currently needed)
  • Dried beans of any kind
  • Canned beans
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Plain pastas & noodles (including whole wheat)
  • Rice

Fresh products

  • Eggs *
  • Cheese * (especially 1 oz. cheese sticks & small packages)
  • Yogurt cups *
  • Fresh produce from farms & gardens, when available

Special dietary items

  • Salt free foods
  • Gluten free foods
  • Sugar-free foods

Special note:  Area food stores make regular contributions of meats and breads that are distributed with the food items noted above.

Personal hygiene items which are distributed when available include:

  • Travel size shampoo, conditioner, lotion, bath soap (unopened, please)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Depends – size small
  • Toilet paper
  • Disposable diapers – sizes 3 & 4

Books and Magazines are given to food pantry clients and shelter clients when they are donated to Hope Station for distribution.