Assessing the Impacts of a Helping Hand

Findings of the Project Understanding Food Pantry Clients' Survey

  • Christina Cabral California State University, Channel Islands
  • Brenda Gallegos California State University, Channel Islands
  • Ciara Gross California State University, Channel Islands
  • Dennis J Downey


This research study was conducted by students in the Sociology Program at CSU Channel Islands as a service-learning project for the senior capstone course. Research consists of 34 qualitative interviews conducted in a one month period at Project Understanding (in both English and Spanish). Findings address the following areas: demographics of clients; patterns of public assistance; circumstances leading to pantry use; sharing of food with community members; components of respondents’ food supply; preferences regarding supplies at pantry; and impacts of the pantry on clients and the community.

Social & Behavioral Sciences