Some local friends will know about the wonderful Little Free Pantry at St Andrew’s Church, Melton, Suffolk, UK. You can read more about it here. This year, during the coronavirus crisis, it has been a valuable way for neighbours to show neighbours some love and care, but it’s had a bit of a bumpy ride. For a while, we had to close it down while the church building was shut, and then, when it had been running again for a while, the church tower was struck by lightning making the porch unsafe.
I’m delighted to tell you, if you hadn’t heard on the grapevine, that the pantry is operating again – but this time, from the foyer of the church room at the other end of the building. You can access it via the little lane and the rectory garden. We’ve been blown away by the generosity of people leaving food for one another. Word of the new location is getting out, and people have been amazingly generous. We’re so glad that people are able to use it to both give and take food, for themselves or on behalf of someone else.
The principle of the pantry is so simple:
Give what you can, take what you need.
Just come, no questions asked. You don’t have to meet anyone, or explain yourself. It is open
Monday to Wednesday, 10 am to 5 pm.
Church room foyer, access via the lane and Rectory garden.
If you are standing in front of the Church, facing it on the pavement, go to the right of the building, past the end of the wall. There’s a little lane. Turn into the Rectory drive and immediately turn left – you only have to skirt through, you won’t be disturbing anyone or anything – and you’ll soon be passing the church bins and by the door to the Church room. Do come.
It’s such a good way for the community showing love and solidarity at a difficult time. We’re aware people’s financial situations may be quite precarious at present, and want you to know that the pantry is there to help you and your family, as a sign of the love of the community, and God’s love unfolding in this place.
To all who use the pantry, to give or receive or both, thank you and bless you.