Individuals may come to a parish food pantry for a donation of food, but a closer investigation shows that lack of food is only a small piece of the overall picture. Perhaps the individual needs a GED so they can get a better job.
Or perhaps a history of addiction leads to bad decisions. And maybe there are other problems within the family structure that are also painful to the individual. Three bags of groceries may temporarily stop hunger, but it is not going to address the totality of complex issues that this individual is facing.
In the family strengthening approach, an effort is made to look at the individual’s total situation.