Willamalane Seeks Hosts for Little Free Pantries

Willamalane is seeking residences to host Little Free Pantries in locations that are at least half a mile away from the nearest grocery store. Two pantries are built, painted, and ready to place, and the last step is to find locations for the pantries to be stationed. Six other pantries have already been placed. These pantries aim to make nutritious food more easily accessible in our community.

What is a Little Free Pantry?

Fifteen percent of Lane County residents do not have adequate access to nutritious food, according to the Oregon Center for Public Policy. Little Free Pantries offer a grassroots, neighborhood-driven option for those seeking food. These pantries are for everyone — kids looking for after-school snacks, families who need an extra onion for dinner, and food insecure individuals who might not be able to get to a grocery store or food bank. The philosophy is simple: Take what you need, and leave what you can.

Who can be a host?

If you own your own home or have written consent from the property owner, it is possible for you to host a Little Free Pantry. Willamalane is specifically seeking hosts who live in neighborhoods that are furthest from supermarkets. We are hoping to install the pantries south of Main Street between 42nd and 47th Streets. If you live outside this area, you can still work with us to see if your location is a good fit for a Little Free Pantry.

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How can I get involved?

Become a host

If you would like to host a Little Free Pantry, please fill out the interest form.

When deciding if you’d like to host a pantry, please consider the following:
  • Are you willing and able to clean and maintain your little free pantry daily?
  • Is there someone who will look after your pantry when you are away?
  • Can you interact with kindness and compassion with folks who may be having a hard time?
  • Would your pantry be in a location that is safe and accessible? It should be close enough so you can supervise it, but also far enough away from your living space to maintain your privacy.
  • Would you feel comfortable talking with curious neighbors about your Little Free Pantry and telling them how they can get involved?
Stock a pantry
If hosting isn’t right for you but you have extra to give, please consider dropping food off at an existing pantry. A map of pantries around Springfield and Eugene is available on Burrito Brigade’s website.

Items that are great for Little Free Pantries:
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Boxed pasta and grains
  • Grab-and-go snacks
  • Personal care and hygiene items
For more information about Little Free Pantries in Springfield, please contact Tracy Kribs at 541-736-4528.

Many thanks!

This Little Food Pantry project is in collaboration with Thanks to Escudo Latino, El Centro Cares, Springfield Alliance for Equity and Respect (SAfER), Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC), and Burrito Brigade. It is funded by the National Park and Recreation Association and Lane Arts Council.
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