Corning has first Little Free Pantry
Those with food insecurity in Corning can breathe a little easier thanks to the efforts of the Coleman family, who created Corning’s first Little Free Pantry. Sheri Coleman, her husband, Mark and children, Madelynn and Walker wanted to help those in the community in need. They created a Little Free Pantry box and placed it at Harold Implement. The family filled the box with food items on Friday, December 28. Coleman said, “The way it works is that people can take food items as they need, but need to be considerate of others. Members of the community help fill the box. Other items such as gloves and hats can also be placed in box during winter months.”
The idea was sparked by the Free Library concept. Coleman revealed, “I had seen a post on Pinterest over a year ago about the food pantry or blessing boxes set up by churches and thought this would be a great asset to our community. It is so hard to give people money, etc., because you can’t trust that they are spending it on food, but you want to help them. This way if you see someone needing food you can tell them the location of the box. They can get items there and you don’t have to exchange any money. It’s a win-win if the person is truly hungry.
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