The premise is simple. Leave what you can and take what you need.
"Little Free Pantries are designed to help those people who may not qualify for food assistance benefits, yet still can’t afford many of the basic necessities found in the pantries." This has become the reality for many friends, coworkers, and neighbors during the pandemic
Food insecurity is something that affects, on average, 12% of the population. The Covid-19 pandemic will make this number rise tremendously. Like everyone, we wanted to see what we could do to help the community recover. Hartford Bags of Love has decided to raise funds to build “little free pantries “ that will be put in towns surrounding Hartford. The idea of these pantries is not new as they are popular in other parts of the country. The idea is that someone who needs items will be able to take those items and others can place items in the pantry.
The first few pantries will installed South Windsor and then we will spread to other towns.
Materials for the pantries cost approximately $300 per pantry. Donations of any amount are appreciated. The funds raised will be used to build and install the pantries.
About us: Hartford Bags of Love was started by Tiernan Cabot in 2017. AT the time he was 9 years old and after a conversation with a homeless individual he decided he wanted to do something to help and Hartford Bags of Love was born. Since its creation, we have handed out over 3000 bags of love which include items like a pair of socks, deoderant, toothrbrush/toothpaste, and granola bars which help the individuals physical well-being. In addition, each bag has a hand written inspirational note which helps their emotional well-being.
Since the begining of the pandemic, we have been looking for ways to help and that is how our Little Free Pantries project was born!