Have you seen the movement for Little Free Pantry? In case this is your first time hearing about them, we want to show you how amazing people can be, even during times like these, during the uncertainty that comes with trying to find peace during a global pandemic, and during times of division. We can easily become overwhelmed with all that is going on around us that we fail to recognize the good which is occurring around the world, every single day.
While you have probably heard of or seen the little free libraries that grace our public parks locally, you may not have heard of the Little Free Pantries that have spread to hundreds of cities in North America. Little Free Pantry encourages communal, good Samaritan acts where stewards of the community supply free food to those in need via pantries that are installed across the city. These acts are done in good faith, without question, without judgment, and without hesitation to curb the effects of food insecurities. Food insecurity is defined by the USDA as, “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.” The detriments of food insecurity are undoubtedly among us and are being curbed by movements like the Mini Pantry Movement.
Relief During COVID
No doubt insecurities have increased since the start of the pandemic in early 2020. During a time of loss, Little Free Pantry is a beacon of hope where stewards of a community are not only donating extra pantry items to those who truly need them but these stewards are also offering an open hand to others in good faith and without judgment.
A Deeper Lesson
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, “I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” (NIV)