Ken has proposed that we add a free little pantry to go with our Free Little Library. It is similar in concept – instead of books, people can put food into the pantry for anyone to take as needed. One of our neighbors has been treating our library as a pantry this year. Each week I find sandwiches, fruit, vegetables, boxed food, etc. in the library. Last week, someone emptied a box of cheerios in the flower pot next to the library. It’s been driving me nuts. While our Board is supportive of the idea, we have concerns. For instance, I am mostly responsible for putting books in the library, but do not feel like I should be responsible for keeping the pantry stocked (and buying most of the food to go in it). Some of our neighbors do not want the area to become a magnet for homeless folks. There is also a concern with food safety because we do not have time to check expiration dates and spoilage. What happens to canned goods put in there when the temperatures drop below zero in the winter? I’ve asked Ken to see if his church will commit to diverting some of its canned food drive to the pantry once each month so that we know that there will be food in it. Susan has volunteered to periodically check it all year round to ensure that it does not remain empty. Ken’s idea is to take an old kitchen cabinet, put glass doors on it and use it, instead of building a replica of our library. We’ll probably paint it blue instead of red. I want it to face the alley instead of the street. I checked with the City Land Bank and they have no objections, so I guess that it will go up when Ken finds free time (after his current mission trip) to build and install it.
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