The Root Center has established that the most effective method to distribute food is through the network of existing social service programs and agencies serving the target population groups. There are many programs and agencies that provide services to low-income seniors, adults and children. On average, clients visit one or more of these programs or agencies on a weekly basis. In addition, these programs have an excellent volunteer base that can be mobilized to distribute food. However, these programs do not always have quality food to distribute, so even if there were enough food to service the target populations groups (and there isn’t) it is not of a high enough quality to effectively stave off malnutrition. The Root Center aims to fill this gap in the service network, while providing information on conservation of energy in order to lower energy costs.