Plymouth Resident Turns Little Free Library Into A Food Pantry
A Plymouth resident is turning her Little Free Library into a food pantry. The goal is to help people who are struggling to fill up their cabinets and refrigerators during the coronavirus outbreak.
The Little Free Library was installed outside Karen Hanson’s front yard about four years ago.
“The little free pantry has brought me so much joy. It was a gift from my husband and kids. I love sharing it with the community,” said Hanson.
Hanson Replaced Books with Canned Goods
Hanson replaced books with canned goods and other staples, including a few boxes of Girl Scout Cookies. Her neighbors are adding to the collection, too.
Hanson often looks out her front window, hoping to see people approaching the pantry.
“I don’t think anybody has taken food from it yet,” said Hanson. But she hopes they do.
Hansen says it’s essential to be a light during this dark period. She wants people to be able to get food immediately without wading through the bureaucracy that’s sometimes associated with government programs.
“By putting food items out there for the community members to take, It’s instant access to whatever they need, no questions asked,” explained Hansen. “If they see something they might need right away, just come and take it.”
Hanson says the Little Free Pantry is a small way to serve and inspire others during the coronavirus outbreak. She says stocking the library with food gives her joy.”I love this community that we live in. We have such wonderful neighbors. I just want to make sure everyone is supported during this difficult time. I hear about people getting laid off, losing their jobs.”
The Little Free Pantry is near Parker’s Lake, on the corner of 9th Avenue North, and Shenandoah Lane, in Plymouth.
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