By Paul Schmitt
“Little Free Pantries” are springing up around the country as a more convenient complement to traditional food pantries. The idea originated in Fayetteville, Arkansas in May of 2015 and is similar to the little free libraries that are in many communities. The simple concept is that people can place and take items inside the pantry at any time. Kewaunee County Food Pantry President Ken Marquardt says the pantry recently discussed implementing a “little free pantry” but decided against it at this time.
Marquardt says concerns over extreme weather temperatures would pose challenges to food inside the oversized cabinet-like structures. A church in Green Bay recently implemented a “Little Free Pantry” inside the building which works well, according to Marquardt. For information on starting up a “Little Free Pantry”, go to this link: http://www.littlefreepantry.org/frequently-asked-questions/