BEDFORD-STUYVESANT - Thousands of families will have access to quality, free food thanks to the first ?choice style? pantry in Bedford-Stuyvesant.The Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger officially opened the center Wednesday. The pantry, which will operate much like a supermarket, will offer a wider variety of foods to an estimated 3,000 families each month. People will be geared toward items based on nutritional needs and family size. The pantry will also provide additional access to fruits and vegetables for nursing mothers and children.

Officials say besides keeping cupboards stocked, their goal is to connect Bed-Stuy residents to shelters, employment resources and other services.