By Michele LongworthWhen Becky Lambert read a Paducah Sun article about a community that started a Little Food Pantry, she shared the story on her Facebook page and said “We so need to do this around here.”
A Little Food Pantry is a self-service food pantry available to anyone who needs food twenty-four hours a day.
After she posted the information, Kevin Ogle, formerly of Metropolis, offered to help pay for materials for a food pantry.
Lambert then sought out a group or individual to make the pantry and that’s when Jeff Ogle, Kevin’s brother, told Lambert he would build them. Lambert ordered all of the materials and then took the materials to Ogle to build.
After about 10 days, Lambert and, friend, Tim Grissom, picked up the first pantry on April 6. According to Lambert, she had talked with Ohio Valley Baptist Church Pastor Brian Braden about locating a pantry on the church’s property.
After Grissom dug holes for the pantry, he and Lambert, along with another friend, Rita Gower, unloaded the pantry from his truck and installed it near the entrance to the church offices.
Gower, who is the program director at Guardian Family Services Women’s Shelter, says the pantry will be a big help to the town’s homeless population.
On April 8, a second Little Food Pantry was installed at Brookport Library and both the Brookport and Metropolis pantries were stocked with food.
“The library is thrilled to be able to be one of the sites in Brookport. The board was unanimous about Rebecca Lambert asking us,” said Judy Askew, Brookport Library board member, adding, “Both shelves are full and we are ready.”
Askew said someone has contributed snacks for kids. We have packages of crackers, Vienna sausages, pudding, etc. They even put in about a dozen spoons.
Lambert said Kevin Ogle also sent a box of food to help stock the shelves of the pantry.
According to Lambert, she hopes people who are financially able to, will drop off items at the pantry. Likewise she hopes people who need food will take advantage of the pantry to take some food.
She says the items the pantry needs are non-perishable items, such as peanut butter, canned goods or tuna fish.
Gower also pointed out ready-to-eat food items such as fruit cups, cereal or protein bars would be good items for people to leave.
Lambert said the Little Food Pantries are unlike other food pantries, as there is no paperwork to fill out. She hopes they will be used, but not abused. She said she hopes people if people have to use it, that later on they will “pay it forward,” and help to put some items back into the pantry.
According to Lambert, if the pantries are used and go over well, she may look at having another pantry built for another location.