The Community Pantry at Creekmore Park

For those in need or to sow a seed!

About
The Community Pantry at Creekmore Park has been lovingly called the “Little Red Box!” The Pantry is for those that have a need or want to sow a seed!
Description
The Community Pantry was created from the inspiration of the “The Little Free Pantry” that started in NWA and has since swept the nation! This Pantry is in Fort Smith, AR at Creekmore Park. Anyone can add to the pantry and anyone that has a need is welcome to take as they see fit. Since this pantry was installed, we’ve seen people from all walks of life give with great joy and fill the pantry to overflowing so folks that are struggling can have a little help from their neighbors. We’ve all had financial challenges…this Razorback Red Box is here to help folks through the lean times! As we’ve said, if you have a need or want to sow a seed, this Community Pantry is for YOU!

 

Excerpts modified from news stories:

“There’s a small-scale charity movement starting to take hold in neighborhoods across the country. Think of those “little free library” boxes, but with a twist: These are small pantries stocked with free food and personal care items like toothbrushes and diapers for people in need.

They’re found near churches, outside businesses and in front of homes. They come in many sizes, shapes and colors with names like, “The Little Red Pantry” or “The Blessing Box,” but all carry a common goal, to help those in need.

Most are a bright red box, about 2 feet wide and are mounted on a post near the street. There’s a door on the front of the box but no lock, so anyone can take what they need 24-7.

The food pantry idea has been spreading through social media and they have gone up across the country. Much of it seems to trace back to Jessica McClard, who created what she calls the “The Little Free Pantry” in Northwest Arkansas.

The products are put directly inside the pantry by those in the community who are feeling charitable and many report the turnover is as fast as 30 to 45 minutes.

Many believe these community-supported pantries are multiplying because of their simple concept. All of the items inside the boxes are free and there are no forms to fill out. Those using the boxes come and go as they wish, and that sense of anonymity is something you won’t find at traditional community food pantries.

Some have religious connections and are located near churches. Others are adopted by businesses whose employees want to pay it forward. All are serving up food and supplies to anyone in need.”

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3301 South M Street
Fort Smith AR 72903
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