There is a new Little Free Pantry in the alleyway behind 326 Main St in Lander. The pantry is outdoors and serves as a supplement to existing, larger food pantries in the area.
Sponsors are needed to make sure the newest pantry is well-stocked for those in need. Individuals or groups can sign up to sponsor the pantry on the Lander Connected volunteer platform for a one-month period and ensure it is adequately stocked.
“This would be an excellent opportunity for a business, church, small group, or even a group of friends,” says Sarah Trembly, builder. “Volunteers will check on the pantry to make sure it is well-stocked, particularly in the winter months. The more people invest in helping our community, the stronger and more sustainable we become.”
There are four total Little Free Pantries in Lander, and folks can enhance the wellbeing of their community by donating non-perishable food items to the pantries for those in need.
The pantries are “take what you need, give what you can,” and anyone may drop off non-perishable food items or take an item to supplement their meals. The outdoor pantries do not have posted hours, so people in need may access the pantries as needed, including evening and weekends.
The most recent Little Free Pantry was managed, designed, and built by Sarah Trembly and Darrel Trembly. The pantry was sponsored by Dannine Donaho of Snow Deep Designs, who provided space for the pantry and painted the finished structure. The LOR Foundation provided the funding for the building materials, paint, and initial food supply. Brossman Supply donated the sheet metal for the roof. The United Methodist Church of Lander provided food via the Food Bank of the Rockies and bookkeeping services. The Lander Community Foundation is establishing the volunteer platform.
You can sign up to sponsor the newest pantry by visiting the Lander Connected wesbite.