Summary: Building and Stocking a Little Free Pantry to Combat Food Insecurity
Food insecurity has more than doubled as a result of the economic crisis brought on by COVID-19. A little free pantry is a small, weatherproof space into which the community can place food and basic hygiene supplies, that are available to anyone 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Essentially our pantry would act as a food assistance gap-filler: utilized when traditional food providers might be closed, or for those who are too ashamed to visit a community food pantry. They are also helpful for people who might not qualify for official government assistance. Rotary plans to partner with other community groups such as Boy and Girl Scout troops in order to build and maintain the pantry to make it sustainable into the future. Thus Rotary will also be encouraging grassroots organizing, building community, and fighting food insecurity simultaneously. First we will secure a location, then build the free pantry, promote it in the community, and then monitor and evaluate moving forward.
This project is "Approved". This means that the district leadership has reviewed and approved the allocation of district funds for this project. Once the funds from the district have been issued, the status of the project will be changed to "Paid".
System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.
by Larah Alami
This is to serve as a progress report on the little free pantry as of 2/9/2022. We have secured a spot for the pantry outside the Tarrytown Village Hall. We have a wood-worker who is currently building the pantry. He is securing materials and will build a 4'x3'x2' wooden cabinet with plexiglass doors and shelving inside. We anticipate this to be finished around 3/1/2022, and then will hire a sign person to make signage. The Village of Tarrytown will install the pantry, we will fill with food and hygiene items, and then we will hopefully have a ribbon-cutting event in April. A google document will be made of all the organizations and individuals in town to monitor and fill the pantry moving forward, with our club overseeing the schedule to make sure the project is sustainable.