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Sixth-graders’ Little Free Pantry officially filled with food

STANFORD — What began as an idea in a classroom now stands near the Lincoln County Public Library as one group of sixth-graders put up the city’s first Little Free Pantry earlier this month.

Jessica Berry, a social studies teacher at the Lloyd McGuffey Sixth Grade Center, accompanied a group of students in December as they presented their proposal to construct a Little Free Pantry in the city to the Stanford City Council.

Students who presented the proposal were Kayci Witt, Kayden Young, Bae-Bae Smith, Elijah Johnson, Jae Cox and Logan Hilton.

After receiving unanimous support from the council, students moved forward with the project, which they said they hope will put a dent in local hunger.

Like Little Free Libraries — which are small boxes filled with books and scattered across the county — the Little Free Pantry takes a similar approach, but with food.

Elijah Johnson and his dad, Scott, built the new pantry and on March 7, it was officially up and running, according to Berry.

Photos contributed by Jessica Berry
Elijah Johnson puts the first food items inside the students’ Little Free Pantry.

The students will oversee the pantry, refilling it with non-perishable food items when necessary, Berry said. Donations will be received through the schools to help keep the pantry full.

“(I’m) really hoping this has a positive impact on our community,” Berry said in an email. “I am so proud of my students.”

Photos contributed by Jessica Berry
Elijah Johnson puts the finishing touches on a group of sixth-graders’ new Little Food Pantry, located near the Lincoln County Public Library.