by Nina Douglass
Jeff and I have now completed the first of two weeks of covering Maureen McNair’s management of the South Bay Food Pantry. Adapting to the role has been a formidable learning experience, characterized by several distinctive stages:
1. Denial: “How complicated can it be to manage a small food pantry?”
2. Shock and overwhelm: The state of disbelief and numbed feelings upon reading Maureen’s voluminous, detailed (and essential) notes and completing San Diego Food Bank training.
3. Recognition: Managing this small food pantry is an extremely complex role. Examples:
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