What is a Little Free Pantry (LFP)?
The Little Free Pantry is a way for neighbors to help neighbors.
The St. Matthias' LFP is part of our continuing efforts to positively change and impact our Northwoods community! It was born out of a meeting of the St. Francis Project Team as an extension of, and complement to, our established community outreach projects: Caritas – an urgent need program run out of our church with volunteers and support from other area churches, the Personal Products Pantry, and the St. Matthias Thrift Shop. It is our intention to offer the Little Free Panty as a readily accessible resource to the Minocqua community.
Based on the principle, “Take what you need, share what you can,” the St. Matthias LFP will be stocked with small food items, personal and paper products, and cleaning supplies. Our community has many homes that are food insecure. The LFP will strengthen community bonds through neighbor helping neighbor – those that can will be encouraged to give – those that need will have an additional resource to consider when immediate need arises. “Small acts, when multiplied by millions, can change the world.” (Howard Zinn).
Who is the LFP for?
The LFP is most often for those who are not easily able to meet everyday food and personal needs, but the LFP can also stock after-school snacks for neighborhood kids or that extra ingredient you never have when you need it. The LFP is user-defined!
What else should I know about the Little Free Pantry?
I’d like to contribute! What should I bring to stock the LFP?
Keep in mind the weather: If it will be well below freezing, consider what might be ruined by being frozen. Here are a few ideas. (here is a LINK for the full shopping list)
Who’s in charge of the LFP at St. Matthias?
If you have questions or concerns about our LFP, or if you want to help out by checking and rotating stock, call the office for more information, or contact Pat Billimack (St. Francis Project Chair), Chris Clark or Claire Martin.