Students Hope Little Free Pantry Continues To Grow

Students Hope Little Free Pantry Continues To Grow

Students Hope Little Free Pantry Continues To Grow

by Steve Gamel

Residents of Lake Dallas may have noticed a new addition to the parking lot at Lake Shore Baptist Church.

A Little Free Pantry was installed in late May thanks to the generosity of several parents and students at Lake Dallas High School. The pantry is a drop-off point for non-perishable food so that families who have fallen on hard times can still find the essentials they need to make it through a long night or weekend after traditional food pantries have closed.

“It’s not meant to replace a regular food pantry. But if someone shows up to the Lake Cities UMC Food Pantry and it’s closed, they hopefully will notice ours,” resident Ginger Collier said. “There’s no questions asked and no paperwork.”

She added, “On the side it says, ‘Take what you need, leave what you can.’”

The Little Free Pantry is not a new concept. The website is dedicated to a national movement of having thousands of neighborhood pantries, applying the Little Free Library® concept to spur communities to provide for neighbors in need. Interested residents can simply drop off items so that the pantry is always stocked. Collier said the idea to have one to support the Lake Cities came from former Lake Dallas assistant trainer, Jill Cole, who had seen pantries in other areas and thought it would be a good service project for
her students.

Cole approached the Colliers, who have always been involved parents and whose son, Sam, has been in the district’s athletic trainer program since the eighth grade. Ginger approached Lake Shore Baptist Church to see if they’d be interested in having a pantry in their parking lot. With help from the students, Ginger’s husband, Jason, then built and installed it. The students are expected to continue taking turns monitoring the pantry
moving forward.

“Anyone can contribute,” Ginger said. “It took us quite a while to build it because the kids have been so busy throughout the year, but we’ve already noticed that people have been leaving items in there. We’re hoping it will be a benefit to our Lake Cities community and will continue on for a long time.”

If you are interested in contributing to the Little Free Pantry, or you know someone who may benefit from it, it is located in the parking lot at Lake Shore Baptist Church at 276 E. Hundley Dr.

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