The Little Free Pantry

The Little Free Pantry utilizes the Little Free Library concept to address food insecurity.

The problem we aim to solve:

Millions globally experience food insecurity. At the same time, many individuals report increasing levels of emotional disconnection from others.

The solution our project offers:

The Little Free Pantry is a grassroots, crowd-sourced solution to immediate and local need. Utilizing the Little Free Library concept to pique local interest in and action against local food insecurity, The Little Free Pantry offers a place around which neighbors might coalesce to meet local need.

The impact our project had so far:

Since launch in May 2016, the concept has been duplicated hundreds of times nationally and internationally.

The Little Free Pantry is a box on a post. Individuals at their discretion and convenience place items inside, those items available to whoever might need them no questions asked, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Little Free Pantry is most often for those who are not easily able to meet everyday food and personal needs. The LFP is also for any neighborhood, potentially providing after-school snacks for neighborhood kids or that “cup of sugar” you never have when you need it. In all places, the Little Free Pantry is for those who want and/or need to give.

The Little Free Pantry was founded by Jessica McClard in May 2016. An avid reader and runner, Jessica often shopped several Little Free Libraries along her run route, recognized that concept had “tipped,” and decided to find out if it might be utilized to address another quality of life issue–food insecurity.

Since launch, The Little Free Library concept has been duplicated hundreds of times in many iterations–Blessing Boxes, Community Food Boxes, Red Door Pantry…In all places the project feeds people and builds community, forging connection across demographics.

Pilot Little Free Pantry, launched May 14, 2016
@ Jessica McClard

Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can change the world.

Howard Zinn