A Kent group has started Little Free Pantries in several South King County cities to help address hunger issues.
Pantries have been installed in Kent, Renton, Covington, Maple Valley, Auburn and Tukwila with plans to install more. Several local businesses, service organizations and individuals have donated building materials and their time to build, install, host and keep the pantries filled.
Kent Community Partners (KCP) was formed from a group of local nonprofits, service clubs, faith-based groups and individuals that Kent Community Foundation had brought together to work on addressing food insecurity as well as the many other issues facing our communities, exacerbated by the pandemic.
Little Free Pantries address immediate and local food insecurity as well as activating neighborhood engagement. Not intended to replace food banks, these pantries work alongside and offer a zero-barrier access point to food and help fill the gaps in the system.
The Kent pantry location is downtown at Artsy Fartsy Art Lessons, 218 W. Meeker St.
KCP needs help with hosting and stocking pantries. If you, your organization, your neighborhood, church, scout troop, club would like to get involved, donate funds, help keep pantries filled or just learn more, please go to: thelittlefreepantries.org/greaterkent or email firstname.lastname@example.org.