A couple in Houston, Texas, is offering help in a unique way to their neighbors during the coronavirus pandemic.
When Tanglewilde residents Julie and Todd realized that the pandemic would make it difficult for some families to put food on their tables, they decided to do something about it, according to KHOU.
“We’ve all got something to give and there are people who need it right now,” Julie said.
A few weeks ago, the couple decided to set up a Tiny Free Pantry in their front yard for anyone to donate items or take some home.
“We wanted to make sure the people living in the food unstable areas could come and see what we might have that they might need,” Julie commented, adding, “But also, I was hoping to reach more neighbors who could actually give what they can.”
The Little Free Pantry movement launched in 2016 encourages people to fill boxes or small cabinets with things such as food, personal care items, and paper goods and make them accessible to anyone in need, according to its website.
“Like you, we are neighbors with jobs, families…responsibilities,” the site read.
“Our budgets are nearly maxed, and we don’t have a lot of time. But we see our neighbors’ daily struggles and feel called to do something in a way that reflects our shared values—compassion, generosity, and trust,” it continued.
Once the couple set up their pantry, Todd shared an invitation to the neighborhood’s Nextdoor page and asked the community to help keep it stocked.
On Twitter Monday, KHOU reporter Melissa Correa shared photos of the Tiny Free Pantry and of Julie and Todd, whom she interviewed through their window:
TAKE WHAT YOU NEED, GIVE WHAT YOU CAN: Julie is using @Nextdoor to help feed her community. #khou11 heard about her #TinyFreePantry. What a way to #StandForHouston. As I was shooting video, I saw Julie. She called me & that’s how I interviewed her…by phone & through a window! pic.twitter.com/KwOj3MSCVP
— Melissa Correa (@KHOUmelissa) April 6, 2020
People can find the pantry’s exact location on the Tanglewilde neighborhood’s Nextdoor page and may come by at any time of the day or night to donate or take items, Julie said.
“If everybody could give three canned goods a month, we would stay afloat for everybody who could possibly have this need,” she concluded.