Little Free Pantry to help with food insecurity in Region 8 community

(Source: Little Free Pantry Facebook)
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Published: Jul. 29, 2016 at 7:58 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2016 at 10:01 AM CDT
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(Source: Little Free Pantry Facebook)
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WEINER, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 community's new addition hopes to help combat food insecurity.

The West Poinsett Memorial Library in Weiner recently put up a Little Free Pantry outside of the library.

The idea actually originated from a Weiner-native, Jessica McClard, who first implemented the idea in Fayetteville, AR.

According to the Little Free Pantry Facebook page, the idea stemmed from the Little Free Library concept.

Instead of books, this pantry is stocked with everyday items such as personal care items, items for babies, canned vegetables, and proteins.

McClard said this pantry, preferably located in a well-lit public area, fills gaps in services that may have time restrictions or documentation requirements.

The pantries can be stocked by individuals or civic groups.

The Little Free Pantry in Weiner is painted Cardinal red and already has a few necessary items ready for use.

Valerie Riley, West Poinsett Memorial Library librarian, said the pantry was built by volunteers.

McClard is proud her idea in northwest Arkansas has spread to her hometown.

"This site is even more special to me than my own," McClard wrote on Facebook. "Thank you, West Poinsett Memorial Library, for helping make me who I am today, a lifelong learner and lover of books. Thanks, too, for hosting a Little Free Pantry in my hometown, Weiner, Arkansas. (Love the Weiner Cardinal red!) Good things come in small packages."

You can find more information on how to start a Little Free Pantry in your community on the Little Free Pantry Facebook page.

The Little Free Pantry in Weiner is at the library located at 203 W. Second Street.

To help keep it stocked, contact the library at 870-684-2235.

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