If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you may remember posts about the Little Free Pantry at St Andrew’s Church, Melton. It’s a simple thing – a place where anyone can leave some tins or other food, and anyone can take what they need.
It was so sad that at the beginning of the lockdown we had to close the pantry for a while, but gradually, and in stages, and with much thinking, work and adjustment, it’s now up and running again!
It’s back in the church porch, 10 am to 5 pm, seven days a week. There’s an extra table, with more space for fresh produce.
The ususal rules of keeping two metres apart apply.
It’s open for both giving and taking, no need to talk to anyone, just give what you can, take what you need.
I do believe it is a particularly important neighbourhood resource at the moment. Shopping can be difficult for so many reasons – you or a family member may be vulnerable, money or time or transport may be hard to come by, the shopping experience may be anxious for all the kindness of the shopworkers. The pantry is here, a sign of love, and of the hand of friendship we wish we could extend.
We have been so encouraged that people are making donations, and withdrawals, are joining in with this simple way of neighbours helping neighbours.
There are two other little free pantries in church porches nearby that we’ve heard of – in Grundisburg and Hasketon. Do tell us if there are more. It’s such a simple idea, and it works well with social isolation, maybe more places would like to set one up.
So, thank you to everyone who is using the pantry in any way. May it bless you.