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These Community Free-Access Pantries Are Restoring My Hope in Humanity

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Remember a while back when those cute little free community library boxes started springing up all over the place? Those are cool. They're a novel idea (see what I did there?), and have become fairly popular. There's one just a block south of where I live. But the "little free pantry" initiative is some next level stuff. Instead of lending books to the community for free, these pantries offer free food to those in need. On many of the posts you'll read a heartwarming message: "Take what you need. Give when you can." And that's as simple as it needs to be. According to, Jessica McClard of Fayetteville, Arkansas, is behind the grassroots effort. And sure enough, she was inspired by the community library boxes project. You can learn more about the initiative on But in the meantime, take a look at some of the pantries people have been putting together and posting online under the hashtag #littlefreepantry. 1. In Mableton, Georgia 2. In Tacoma, Washington 3. In Rogers, Arkansas 4....

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