In a way, it's like coming full circle: Loaves and Fishes in Canon City started on the back porch of our church office. Gradually, that ministry outgrew the small porch and was relocated, eventually ending up at its current location. But Justice Center Road is a long way from our neighborhood, so one of our parishioners (Connie) suggested we erect a "Little Free Pantry" on our church property. What more appropriate place than in front of the office where Loaves and Fishes began?
Gaylord Plaster donated the materials and used his time and talents to build the pantry itself. John Merriam and members of the Building and Grounds Committee installed the posts. Within a few days of its appearance, people in the neighborhood started using the Pantry.
Our congregation used to bring food for Loaves and Fishes every Sunday. Eventually, that practice dropped off - likely because Loaves and Fishes has made it known that if we donate money, they can buy food much more cheaply than we can. So let's start collecting food again on Sundays - for our Little Free Pantry! If the experience of the other Little Free Pantries in town holds true, people in the neighborhood will drop off food, also.
"The Little Free Pantry is a grassroots, crowd-sourced solution to immediate and local need. Whether a need for food or a need to give, the Little Free Pantry facilitates neighbors helping neighbors, building community."