“Little Free Pantry”
Dr. Carol Amann, a faculty member at Gannon University and President of the Honor Society of Nurses – Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) and a member of the church, has presented a new idea to the Covenant Mission Committee. It’s called the “Little Free Pantry.”
Sigma Theta Tau International is a group of nurses within the community that also includes junior and senior nursing students who want to make a difference. The students have participated in “StudySpace” at Covenant.
The group hired a carpenter to build an outdoor, accessible small food pantry, and the plan is to install this structure on the south side of our church garage. The “Little Free Pantry” concept grew out of concern that many of our neighbors are experiencing tough times, and are in need of a little help with a food to feed not only themselves, but their families. This mission has proved to be very successful in many communities across the U.S. and is based on the “Free Little Library” concept of “take an item, place an item.”
The faculty of the Villa Maria School of Nursing and members of STTI are planning food drives and will purchase food items for stocking this pantry in our neighborhood. Volunteers for this mission plan to restock this outdoor pantry on a weekly basis. In addition, church members and the youth group are invited to participate to keep the pantry well stocked.
Pantry dimensions are 18 inches deep, 27 inches high and 31 inches wide. The roof has been shingled, the wood cabinet painted and the “windows” are high impact plastic. The roof has a slight pitch to prevent it from the burden of rain or snow with a slight overhang to keep out adverse weather conditions. The “Little Free Pantry” is also elevated using a post, and yet within reach of those who may be confined to a wheelchair.
If you have any questions or suggestions for this new mission project, please contact Dr. Carol Amann at [email protected].