Department of Housing & Human Services

Little Free Pantry

The Little Free Pantry program provides an opportunity for neighbors to feed neighbors through non-perishable food and personal items donations. The Little Free Pantries are a solution to immediate and local need for food for community members who are experiencing food insecurity. Installation of a Little Free Pantry in your neighborhood expands access to food and impacts the community in a positive way.

Find a Little Free Pantry Near Me

Little Free Pantry Map

Become a Steward and Host!

A Little Free Pantry can be successful if they have a steward and a host.

What is a steward?

  • A pantry representative that lives close to the pantry
  • Has the capacity to care for the pantry
  • Ensures the pantry is stocked
  • Throws out expired food
  • Organizes neighborhood food collections

What is a host?

  • Leads application process to acquire pantry kit
  • Leads the selection of pantry placement
  • Leads construction and design of the pantry
  • Encourages neighborhood involvement
  • Repairs pantry if damaged

Choosing a Location

It is critical that the location has a need for food and a desire to give. The following prerequisites should be considered in choosing a location for the Little Free Pantry.

  • Your location should be in a safe and well-lit area.
  • Determine whether private property or public property best suits your vision.
  • Consider weather (heat, rain, winds) when placing the pantry.
  • The Little Free Pantry should be accessible to the public. If in an area where people travel by car, sites should be safely accessible by car with no impact to local traffic.

Stocking The Little Free Pantry

A successfully stocked Little Free Pantry requires an involved community that will fill the pantry with non-perishable foods and personal hygiene products on a regular basis.

  • Avoid sharps (razors), chemicals, clothing or anything illegal
  • A daily site visit will allow you to maintain a safe and neat site space.

Apply to Become a Steward or Host