Weighing, using a hanging pan-type scale, may be used to calculate per person/per distribution ration. While weighing takes more practice and training, experience has not indicated a slower distribution process. Weighing is advantageous when the ration scale changes from time to time (due to breaks or shortages in the commodity pipeline) or the frequency of distribution changes (from weekly to monthly, and back again).
To facilitate weighing, coloured tape should be placed on the scale dial to indicate the full point for the established ration.
Note: If scales are too time consuming and cumbersome, rations can be pre-measured and pre-packaged at the warehouse for distribution to the sites.