Mini pantries are helping the needy in Peoria.
Second Chance Church installed small, wooden pantries at schools across the city. The Little Free Pantries will be stuffed with cans and nonperishable food items.
Kids can grab an item from the pantry whenever they are in need.
“To have a supply like this, it’s not just for their kids, but the families of those kids and their communities,” said Second Chance Church pastor and coach Mark Doebler.
Doebler is relying on volunteers to fill the pantries with donated food as they get low.
“It allows people with small amounts to give, to give, whenever they want to on,” Doebler said.
The idea stems from little free libraries, where readers can donate and then pick up a book at small, makeshift libraries.
The “Little Pantries” are located at six schools, including Harrison Primary School, Trewyn Middle School, Manual Academy, Glen Oak Primary School and Roosevelt Magnet School.