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Little Free Pantry to appear in Whitefield

by Tara Giles
Sports reporter - Coos County Democrat and Berlin Reporter
March 03, 2021
WHITEFIELD — A pantry filled with free items for those in need will be housed next to the Whitefield Public Library after approval from the Town last week.

Whitefield Librarian Courtney Vashaw said, "When we were approached with the idea, I felt it was a natural extension of the library's mission, which is to be the heart of the community and connect people with resources of all kinds. The spot is within walking distance from town and is safe and well lit by a motion detector light. The board wanted the nod from the town to make sure we weren't going to impact plowing, but once we got that, we were good to go."

The library won't be responsible for stocking it, but Vashaw says they are happy for it to be in their space.

"I'm hopeful that our library patrons will be regular contributors to and/or users of it," said Vashaw.

Spearheading the project is Whitefield resident Ellen Endres.

"Littleton has one and while that's useful and great for their community, the need in Whitefield is greater. There's a lot of people on foot and not many store options available 24/7," said Endres.

She added, "Having that accessibility is important."

Endres explained that 24 hour accessibility will make it easier for those who would like to stock the pantry, or take what they need at their leisure. Items would include things not typically permitted with food stamps, yet are necessary.

A sum of $300 was raised quickly by locals, then Lowes matched it. The pre-built, sharp looking shed will be ordered in the near future.

Gift card and cash donations are being accepted at the library. Food and other items can be donated after the structure is in place.

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