How You Can Help

Contribute Non-Perishable and Personal Care Items

The Little Free Pantry (LFP) runs on donations of non-perishable food and personal care items. Donations can be placed in the pantry anytime. If the pantry is full and the church is closed, place donations in the plastic tub located next to the stairway to the church parking lot entrance. If the church is open (M-F: 9AM-4PM | Sun: 8AM-1PM) you can bring your donation to the welcome center and a staff member will help ensure your donation is stored in the LFP stock room.

The LFP can only safely accept non-perishable, shelf-stable items and personal care items. We encourage you to find other places to donate produce or items requiring refrigeration.

Become a Little Free Pantry Curator

Curators keep the pantry clean, stocked, and organized throughout the year. While the job is very practical, many volunteers have expressed “pantry curating feels like a spiritual practice.” Tenderly caring for pantry shelves is simple, tangible work that aids a small food supply that makes a real impact in our neighborhood. Curators are asked to oversee the pantry for one month, visiting once per week. But, don’t worry, you don’t have to curate alone! While some volunteers prefer to care for the pantry on their own, most share the job in partnership with a friend or another family. 

Sign up here to become a Little Free Pantry curator.

Help Us Share Donations with Local Hunger Organizations

We want to be sure every donated item goes toward the cause of eliminating food insecurity in our community. When we have excess inventory, we need volunteers to drive the donated materials to the Heights Emergency Food Center on Mayfield Road or other locations. Please email Stacy Hunter about your interest in helping in this important way and the times you are available.

Contribute financially

Sometimes we need to buy food or personal care items that aren’t received by donations. Your financial contribution supports our budget to ensure that the pantry is always well stocked for those in need. Donate here.

Little Free Pantry Shopping List

The Little Free Pantry accepts shelf-stable, non-perishable food items and personal care items. Here’s a shopping list to provide ideas for making your contribution:

Canned goods
Tuna or chicken
Soups and stews
Peanut butter
Spaghetti sauce
Baby Food

Boxed/Packaged Goods
Instant Oatmeal
Ramen noodles
Instant mashed potatoes
Macaroni and cheese
Pancake mix
Cake mix
Cornbread mix
Dried beans
Granola bars
Ready to eat meals
Graham crackers
Raisins/dried fruit

Personal Care Items
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Tampons and pads
Hairbrushes and combs
Masks, hand sanitizer

Please also leave your plastic or paper grocery bags so pantry users can carry their goods home.

For food safety reasons, the Little Free Pantry cannot accept goods of fresh produce or meat, fresh dairy products, or any food item requiring refrigeration.