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Little Free Pantry sites provide emergency help

Rotarians on hand for the launch of the first PC Little Free Pantry at the Putnam County Community Center in Standard are Adriane Shore (from left), Tina Dolder, Scott Shore, Debbie Buffington, Lisa Bellan, Beth Acuncius and Brenda Bickerman.
Rotarians on hand for the launch of the first PC Little Free Pantry at the Putnam County Community Center in Standard are Adriane Shore (from left), Tina Dolder, Scott Shore, Debbie Buffington, Lisa Bellan, Beth Acuncius and Brenda Bickerman.

STANDARD — For those times when a local family or senior citizen needs help “in a pinch,” Putnam County’s Little Free Pantry will be there, 24-7.

A Little Free Pantry is located in the outer entryway of the Putnam County Community Center on First Street in Standard. Another will be located in the outer entryway of the McNabb Public Library on Main Street in McNabb. Patrons are asked to take only what they might need for the day so that others may also benefit.

The project was launched and funded by Putnam County Rotary, with assistance of a Rotary District matching grant, to offer emergency assistance to all PC residents — including those who also qualify for monthly PC Food Pantry pickups. The project also includes a new refrigerator located in the kitchen of the PC Community Center. Pantry donations may also include fresh produce and prepared foods when the PC Community Center is open.

Following the “Little Free Library” concept, with similar mini-pantries popping up throughout the Illinois Valley, it is hoped that community members will help stock the shelves, and those in need will feel welcome to take what might be needed for the day on an emergency basis.

PC Rotary extends thanks to the Putnam County Food Pantry for its support, and to all project partners who are making the Little Free Pantry Project possible.

Rotary Project Chairwoman Debbie Buffington said: “We are grateful to live in a community that truly cares about the welfare of our neighbors and friends.”

For more information about the PC Little Free Pantry Project, or to offer help as a volunteer or as a member of PC Rotary, contact PutnamCountyRotary@gmail.com.

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