Sylvan Lake Municipal Library’s Little Free Pantry (Submitted photo)

Sylvan Lake Municipal Library’s Little Free Pantry (Submitted photo)

Sylvan Lake Municipal Libraries Little Free Pantry in need of donations

During the warmer months an increase in demand for items is often seen

The Sylvan Lake Municipal Libraries Little Free Pantry is in need of donations.

While the pantry is always in high demand there is an increase in usage during the warmer months, head programmer at the library Corrie Brown said.

“We definitely see an increase in usage during the warmer months, especially when kids are out of school. Families are struggling with the rise in grocery costs, and we see the direct impact on the Little Free Pantry and other community resources.”

The Little Free Pantry originally began back in 2016 as a passion project and was another way to give back to the community.

“Since its inception, the Little Free Pantry has grown in space and scope—we added a refrigerator so that perishable and frozen items could be added to the pantry,” Brown said.

”The pantry has become a staple resource in our library and community, as people know that they can access it any time during our open hours, no questions asked.”

People access the pantry on a daily basis for items so the pantry relies on members of the community to ensure there are items in stock.

“We are lucky to have a supportive community that rises to the challenge every time we ask for donations of food or funds, including local organizations like the Food Bank and the Lions Club,” Brown added.

For the library being able to provide resources to people through the Little Free Pantry is important.

“The pantry is something that people use when they need a little support to get them through a difficult time. In turn, many people who have needed to use the pantry have been able to pay it forward and bring in donations of non-perishable food items or cash when they are able.”

A list of items the Little Free Pantry is most in need of is available on the website, Brown said.

“We always need canned fruit and protein, dry pasta and sauces, eggs, milk, meat and lunch supplies are always sought after.”

As well cash donations can be made at the library front desk while the library is open or through the CanadaHelps website at any time.

“Donations of $20 or more will receive a tax receipt for donations mate at the library. CanadaHelps issues tax receipts for donations made through them.”

Even if individuals can’t donate there are still ways for them to help out, Brown said.

“If people want to help but can’t donate food or money, please help amplify our message by sharing out any requests for donations and support.”


 

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