Little Free Pantries popping up in Tama County
Tama County ISU Extension and Outreach, along with several others, has been working this summer to place Little Free Pantries throughout the county. The pantries were built for this project by students in a construction class at GMG High School this past spring and are being stocked by local citizens.
Similar to a Little Free Library, a Little Free Pantry is a solution to immediate and local needs. Whether a need for food or a need to give, a Little Free Pantry facilitates feeding neighbors and nourishing neighborhoods. A Little Free Pantry is not meant to replace real resources for hungry people, but to meet a few immediate needs.
Contributions can be made at any time by placing them inside the pantry at the location nearest you or by bringing them to the Extension office. Items to contribute to Little Free Pantries include nonperishable food items such as cans, boxes, and bags of staple foods or snacks. Consider single-serving options and items that have pull-tab tops for easy access. Hygiene products and household items like sponges, laundry detergent, and wipes are also useful.
Host locations are behind the Traer Public Library at 531 Second Street in Traer, MICA office at 105 South State Street in Tama, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach office at 203 W. High Street in Toledo.
Plans are being made to place a pantry in Garwin. A pantry has been in place in Gladbrook on the north side of the Lutheran church for a few years. Several other pantries are built and awaiting placement in the county.
Communities where pantries are still needed include Chelsea, Clutier, Dysart, Elberon, Lincoln, Montour, and Vining. If your family, neighborhood, group, church, or club would like to host a pantry, please contact Tama County Extension and Outreach at 641-484-2703.