The message is simple: take what you need, give what you can.
A fully-stocked little free pantry, created by the Marpole Mutual Aid Network, is now proudly standing tall in a South Vancouver community, and without judgement. “Anyone can access, no questions asked, no surveillance. You take what you need and maybe sometimes you need a lot of things and sometimes you just need one thing,” says the network’s Amal Ishaque.
With the pandemic having increased poverty and food insecurity, pantries like this one have been sprouting all over North America. It’s a way that communities are giving back to their own.
“We did it hoping to give something back to the community; but truthfully, it’s been the other way. It’s restored my faith in humanity in a very big way,” explains the pantry’s builder Erv Newcombe.
Story sourced from: vancouverisawesome.com