Lewes library installs Little Free Pantry for those in need

Nonperishable donations welcome
September 13, 2020

The Lewes Public Library has opened a Little Free Pantry, and it is now accepting donations.

Teen Services Librarian Emily Ellinger said members of the library’s young environmentalists club Roots and Shoots thought of the idea at the beginning of the quarantine shutdown. “Our club really wanted to find a way to help people in need access resources at any time of the day. We realized how hard it was, at the time, to find things like bread and toilet paper, and we thought this would be a way for Lewes residents to share with the community during a crisis,” said Ellinger.

The Little Free Pantry is located at the library’s entrance on Adams Avenue.

Acceptable donations include any nonperishable food, water bottles, and toiletries such as toothpaste, tissues, detergents and any other unopened hygiene products. Ellinger said, “We hope that offering this service will be beneficial to Lewes and help people in need. We are here for them and doing all we can to create new services to assist them.”

A master carpenter from Frankford built the pantry, and signage was donated by Margo Mitchell, owner of Happy Camper Design Co.

Ellinger said, “The Roots and Shoots club and I want to thank everyone who contributed to our new Little Free Pantry, and all the members in the community who have already started donating!”

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