If you live in Franklin County, you might have noticed “Little Free Food Pantries” around town. These are simple boxes or cupboards that individuals can fill with canned goods, hygiene products, and non-perishable food items. Those in need can visit the Little Free Food Pantries and take whatever they need.
While there are other places to get help in Franklin County, Little Free Food Pantries give citizens a place that they don’t have to interact with others. When I was in Colombia, MO for a journalism conference, I had the opportunity to interview people who were living on the street. One common theme among the interviews I got was that when people are struggling financially, they can be embarrassed to ask for help. Little Free Food Pantries can help with this embarrassment by providing a place where individuals can get aid without having to answer questions about their situation.
A few days ago, I gathered canned goods from my kitchen, and made my way to the Little Free Food Pantry near the YMCA. Upon arriving, I was pleased to see that the pantry was quite full. In the past, I have reported on the Little Free Food Pantries for Blue Jay Journal TV, and I noticed there usually wasn’t much in them. This time I was extremely proud to see that my community has been keeping up with this wonderful cause.
In Franklin County, the majority of citizens are fairly financially comfortable, so we tend to forget that there are people among us who may need our help. If you are looking for a way to give back this holiday season, I encourage you to visit a Little Free Food Pantry, and give what you can.
Until next time gang,