A Decision Support Tool for Scheduling Food Bank Compliance Audits

Food banks are an integral part of communities around the country, serving a wide variety of citizens including children, seniors, disabled people, and families on a fixed income. 1 in 8 people struggle with hunger in the United States, and the thousands of food banks across the country provide these individuals and their families with support. On-site food bank audits are a necessary part of maintaining funding from the state and federal government, and occur every 12-18 months. In order to accommodate volunteer staff and minimize client service disruption, this paper evaluates various strategies to improve efficiency and minimize the costs on the thousands of audits performed every year in food banks across the country.

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