People Are Stocking ‘Little Free Libraries’ With Food And Supplies For Neighbors
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By Mandy Froelich / Truth Theory
Trials and tribulations may befall the human race, but our species will never lose its resiliency. This has never been more apparent than in the current age of Covid-19. Yes, fights over toilet paper have been documented around the world. But, plenty of positive action has also been witnessed in the wake of the pandemic. For instance, many good Samaritans are stocking Little Free Libraries with food, toilet paper, and other supplies for neighbors.
Currently, more than 75,000 Little Free Libraries are registered around the world. To help fellow community members during the Covid-19 crisis, many people have converted the book homes into Little Free Pantries.
Little Free Pantries have been popping up in people’s front yards since 2016. However, it’s the sudden increase of the food banks that has been praised as an uplifting example of community kindness during a challenging time. Photos uploaded to social media show the Little Food Pantries stocked with books, hand sanitizer, toiletries, and canned goods.
On a cold, rainy walk through my neighborhood, I found a beautiful ray of sunshine. Someone filled a #LittleFreeLibrary with food and supplies (there’s still books, too). This bit of #coronakindness truly warmed my heart. I hope it does the same for you. @KENS5 #kens5eyewitness pic.twitter.com/99h24khM5r
— Mat Gaskins (@mat_gaskins) March 22, 2020
“My kids have invested a lot of time into just making sure there’s stuff up there,” a Minnesota woman told CNN, referring to their front-yard pantry. “The experience for them being able to be a part of something that gives back. That’s really cool.”
Luckily, there is a #littlefreelibrary just around the corner here in Torquay. AND, as a bonus, they have toilet paper! #winning #ToiletPaperApocalypse @LtlFreeLibrary @streetlibraryau pic.twitter.com/MTOfruvXj1
— Barefoot Librarian (@kimbrap) March 17, 2020
This is absolutely brilliant. Repurposing a #LittleFreeLibrary As a little free food pantry. That’s taking watching out for your neighbors to the whole next level. I love it. #FoodInsecurity pic.twitter.com/Q3I9tE9kdn
— Kim Leonard (@kimleonard) March 21, 2020
As a precaution, local pantry caretakers are reminding visitors to wash their hands and sanitize the pantry door handles before handling the contents.
Thank you @Carilyne for stocking our Little Free Library with food. We will keep refilling as needed! #COVID19 #community pic.twitter.com/KCzgHyB9aZ
— Kelly Bergeron (@kellykbergeron) March 18, 2020
Just look at this #LittleFreeLibrary in Arlington MA that has been turned into a #LittleFreeFoodPantry 💕💜📚
Please do this if you can. Times are hard for so many right now. The pic is from a friend's facebook feed, so I don't know who it is but book lovers are the best people! pic.twitter.com/kOVVvVA4Bm
— 📚Nandini Bajpai 💐📝 (@nandinibajpai) March 18, 2020
Dr. Hannagan added hand sanitizer to our #LittleFreeLibrary for anyone who needs a new book. If you are leaving a book, you must clean it with a disinfectant first. @Hampton_Talbots@pofflibrary @missp96 pic.twitter.com/fQSACSYXSa
— Poff Elementary (@PoffElementary) March 17, 2020
We're doing this in my small town of Foxboro MA. also. pic.twitter.com/gN5sjUgWNF
— vmsfox (@vmsfox) March 18, 2020
Feeling inspired to create a pantry of your own? Find instructions here, or check out a map of pantries near you.
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