"The Giving Pantry and Library" Offer Big Help Locally
“The Giving Pantry and Libraries” are popping up all around the country as a grassroots movement to support immediate food and other needs locally. They are designed as sturdy little houses on a post with the capacity to hold canned and non-perishable foods, as well as books. Located in neighborhoods and areas of need, these pantries are easily accessed by the people that need them – no car required!
UWHC approached Wisdom Project 2030 for help in getting the pantries built and installed. They are ready to use ongoing funding available to stock and replenish the pantries and have plenty of partner agencies to help identify appropriate locations. Building on UWHC’s Linda Cascio’s efforts and after receipt of a generous anonymous donation for the project, Wisdom Keeper Nan Carvell was able to obtain a $1,000 donation from Home Depot for the needed resources.
The first prototype was built and painted and then installed at the Salvation Army. We followed that model in building two more pantries. They were installed a Midtown Villages at Melrose and My Sister's Place.
So, how can you HELP?
If you would like to donate books and/or non-perishable food items, these can be dropped off at the United Way of Hall County offices located at 527 Oak Street, Gainesville, 30501. The United Way contact is Linda Cascio at 678-989-5331.
Thanks to Nan Carvell and her team of construction experts and painters for completing the three pantries. Thanks to United Way for their efforts in installing the pantries and ensuring they are coninually stocked with food and other needs. Working together we have responded to needs in these communities.