The Little Free Pantry was an idea that started in May of 2016 in Fayetteville, AR, to support those dealing with food insecurity. The goal of this project was to bring the community together to provide easily accessible foods and goods to local individuals in need.
The Little Free Pantry (LFP) is a full-circle community effort to help those who aren’t easily able to meet everyday food and personal needs. Those in need are able to approach the LFP freely at any time of day to take anything they need, whether it be food or personal items, with no requirements to fill out an application or bring a photo ID.. Those who want to give are just as easily able to approach the LFP and leave whatever items they desire. The LFP silences the stigma and shame that divides folks who give and folks who need.
According to the Feeding America: Map the Meal Gap, approximately 75,450 individuals living in Douglas County suffer with food insecurity---or 14.2% of the general population. While Sarpy County's rate is 10.8%, nearly 18,000 individuals continue to experience food insecurity. Sadly, many of those affected are children. This astounding number of people needing assistance shows the importance of this project.
With multiple locations, more people have an opportunity to obtain these goods if unable to walk or drive to a local food pantry center. The convenience of this project ensures everyone has access to free food and useful items no matter the circumstance.
If you would like to have a pantry on your property, click the button below to fill out the application! We will build and install the pantry, and you will be responsible for stocking it throughout the year.
If you are unable to have a Little Free Pantry on your property, you can still help stock the currently installed pantries with food and personal items! You can view the list of installed pantries at the bottom of this page.
How we started!
Check out multiple links to local news reports on Omaha's Little Free Pantries on our Facebook page.
Unity of Omaha
Bellevue Housing Authority
Church of the Resurrection
Sherman Community Center
Bellevue Housing Authority
Valley Veterans Memorial Park
Our goal is to give without expectation or strings attached, allowing our neighborhoods to make positive change from the bottom up.
If you don't have the time to shop, but would like to help, we are happy to accept financial contributions. We will handle the shopping for you and will ensure that those in need will receive your blessing.
Bennington Public Library
(We are not adding any additional pantries at this time---Please check back later)
Would you or your organization like to sponsor a Little Free Pantry? If so, we will build and install it for you. You and the community will help to keep it stocked. Please fill out the application by clicking on the link below: