Pantry Living (4)

I’ve been managing our pantry for over 12 years, and with 4 boys and 2 girls this has always been a challenge. I managed to keep its average inventory value at about $600 a month, there were times I felt stressed and could have used some training. Today, it’s just the three of us, I don’t need to do everything I did when I had more mouths to feed, but I’ve learned to live with and trust these pantry management practices, so I won’t do without them.

I needed some petty cash, but we didn’t have a petty cash jar or something similar, I’ve thought about it once or twice, but never did anything. My daughter came home from school and said she wanted to play the clarinet. Why a clarinet? I think she knew I loved the sound of a clarinet, or maybe one of her friends was going to play the clarinet, who can know these things.  All I know is the music store needed $200 dollars for us to begin renting the instrument, and I didn’t have $200 to spend on a clarinet.

“Cooperative Medicine is defined as an organization whose members share purchasing clout, resources or other materials to further address a patient’s medical concerns.” To the Health Guardian, it’s much more. We embrace many of the principles of cooperative medicine but go further and require collaborative communication and efforts between all medical team members.

The Household pantry enables the practices of the Health Guardian. As such, the pantry is religiously protected and managed by the Health Guardian. From a management point of view, if the pantry is short of something, it’s the Health Guardian who must find an alternative. In an emergency, not having what you need could be a show stopper, it can be a matter of life and death - something no Health Guardian wants to be responsible for.