Little Free Pantry; take what you need and give what you can

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A local woman has created a “Little Free Pantry” to address food insecurities in our community.

The pantry is located outside of the Developmental Center of the Ozarks and is available 24/7 for families in need.

Virginia Moore says her idea to create a Springfield “little free pantry” sparked during her parent leadership class.

She says parents in the class are asked to create a project that will impact the community.

“Somebody in the class is doing a “Little Free Library” and that gave me the idea,” Moore said. “I was like well if you can do that with books, why can’t you do that with something else like food?”

Moore says while the makeshift pantries aren’t a replacement for traditional food pantries, they do play an important role for people in short-term distress.

“Food pantries often have really limited hours, there’s lots of paperwork, there are income-restrictions,” Moore said. “These are available 24/7 and anybody can visit them whenever they need to. You can donate to them anytime you want to, so it’s more convenient for people on the way home to work or something. And they are just there so, you know they won’t make a huge impact but they can help.”

The food pantry is located outside of the Developmental Center of the Ozarks.

“A lot of our families are low-income so food insecurity in Springfield is rough,” Jeanette Stacye said, with Developmental Center of the Ozarks. “We want to be able to put that out here so that any family can access it at any time. If it’s early in the morning if it’s late in the evening we want to make sure our kids are eating.”

Although the little free pantry has only been up and running for less than 24 hours.

Stacye says its already helping those who need it most.

“I sent a note home yesterday with every single family here and they are already using it,” Stacye said. “We’ve had people put things into it, we’ve had people take things out of it. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that they are already utilizing it in less than 24 hours.”

Moore is already working on her second little free pantry which is set to open at the Life360 Church in Republic.

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