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TEEN COMPLETES SECOND ‘LITTLE FREE PANTRY’

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
June 2020
TEEN COMPLETES SECOND ‘LITTLE FREE PANTRY’

The popularity of Little Free Library led an Arkansas woman named Jessica McClard to create Little Free Pantry in May 2016. The concept is simple—a wooden box on a post containing food, personal care and other items—but the impact is significant, creating a space for neighbors to help neighbors.

This grassroots mini-pantry movement has spread all over the country, thanks to people like Shailee Shah, a 15-year-old high school sophomore in Somerset County, New Jersey, who recently completed her second Little Free Pantry in her community.

She built her first Little Free Pantry a few years ago at the middle school she attended and the second at the local YMCA.

“I want to do hundreds more in the future,” Shailee told the Bridgewater Courier News. “I also want to inspire others to do the same. It feels pretty awesome to do this. It makes me feel like I belong in my community. Not only can I take help from others, but I know that I repay by doing my part in society. I just want everyone to be equal and have the same advantages.”


Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

[Comments? Contributions? We would love to hear from you about Chai Time. If you have contributions, please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips, and more.]



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