The Clarksburg Little Free Pantry: Take what you need, give what you can.
What does heaven on earth look like? To you, it might look like one thing. Perhaps a month of free rent, no mortgage payment, no car payment, someone to make dinner for your family for a week, a healed illness or sickness. For someone who is not sure where their next meal might come from, it could look like 24/7 access to free, easily obtainable food.
Our new partnership with a local Girl Scout Troop brings a little bit of heaven to earth through the addition of a Little Free Pantry in Clarksburg, MD.
Why a Clarksburg Little Free Pantry?
The Little Free Pantry is popping up all around the country in efforts to engage in food insecurity in small, but meaningful ways. A local resident who experienced homelessness explained that even though food pantries have more food options, they are not always accessible.
Food pantries are often open on limited days and hours during the week. Many also have geographic restrictions or proof of residence requirement. She explained that during her time of need she had trouble accessing a food pantry because of her working hours, but a Little Free Pantry provided supplemental respite.
The Clarksburg Little Free Pantry
How did Clarksburg Church get involved? A local Girl Scout had received a grant from the Hampstead Little Free Pantry, as well as matching funds from the Damascus Little Free Pantry, and contacted us with a simple request: could we host a Little Free Pantry in Clarksburg? For so many reasons, we said yes! We soon learned that a Little Free Pantry exists in Damascus and has been working well.
We are thrilled to have the opportunity to help our neighbors and community in the same way. With a mission to make Clarksburg and the surrounding communities look a little more like heaven on earth, we were excited to help.
Installation, done by Smith Home Improvements and sponsored by a local realtor, began the second week of March and on March 24 at 11:00 a.m., we are hosting a ribbon cutting to initiate the opening of the Little Free Pantry immediately following our regular 10:00 a.m. gathering. Want to contribute? Bring non-expired goods to help stock the pantry.
Pictured: Elgin, the contractor, volunteering his personal time to install the Little Free Pantry and the official location of the Littel Free Pantry.
The Little Free Pantry
“The Little Free Pantry utilizes a familiar, compelling concept to create local interest in and action against local food insecurity. [It] offers a place around which neighbors might coalesce to meet neighborhood needs, whether for food or for fun.
The single Little Free Pantry is ‘little.’ Lots of Little Free Pantries might be big. Duplicate freely.”
The Little Free Pantry is not a faith-based organization, however, it reflects characteristics of the God we serve. One of their guiding principles: We give without expectation or strings attached.
Learn more about the Little Free Pantry