BRUCE ST JAMES

Faith in Humanity: Woman builds off Little Free Library idea to create Little Free Pantry

Aug 1, 2016, 1:20 PM

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An Arkansas woman inspired by Little Free Libraries, wooden boxes set up for people to take and leave books as they please, has applied the concept to nonperishable food and personal care items.

Jessica McClard, 41, created the first Little Free Pantry for Fayetteville, Ark. using a $250 microgrant given for small community projects.

She told Huffington Post that the box has done well since it was put into place in May at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

“Peanut butter and jelly, feminine hygiene products and diapers are in demand,” McClard said.

At least two more Little Free Pantries have followed — another in Fayetteville and one in Oklahoma.

Anyone who wants to get involved or build their own Little Free Pantry should visit the project’s website.

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Faith in Humanity: Woman builds off Little Free Library idea to create Little Free Pantry