This scoresheet, based on the 1994-1996 Michigan State University/Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank Waste-Not Want-Not study, is intended to help you evaluate a food pantry’s current practices, and identify possible areas for improvement. The pantry will be scored according to nine criteria. These scores are then added together to produce an overall score. Pantries with higher scores generally serve clients better and operate more efficiently than those with lower scores.
If you are not happy with the pantry’s score, please go back through the score sheet indicating what practices should be changed, and then add these scores together to see how easy it is to improve the pantry’s effectiveness. You can also download a printable version of this scoresheet here, or read more about food pantry best practices here and here.