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.In most food pantries, you may be required to fill out an application or bring a photo ID. They also have set hours of operation restricting individuals looking for food support. The Little Free Pantry provides 24/7 access to food, without having to fill out any information.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.
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.
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. 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.
Unity of Omaha
Mount Olive Lutheran Church
Let us know where you think the Omaha metropolitan area needs its next Little Free Pantry by emailing or calling.
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. All we ask is that you just let us know when/if it needs repairs or a little TLC. Please fill out the application by clicking on the link below:
We love our volunteers, so feel free to contact us during normal business hours.
Monday - Friday: 9am - 8pm