What is the Little Free Pantry?
This mini pantry is an easy way for neighbours to help neighbours who need food or hygiene items. Essentially, it is like a mini food bank. The pantry is located just in front of Backyard Birds Nature Shop, at 15-100 King Street in the City Centre in Spruce Grove. It is available 24/7, for anyone to take items they need, or give items if they can. The owners of Backyard Birds are the stewards of the project, but the pantry belongs to all of us. Please take care of it and the space around it. If you can, clean up messes around it and please don’t litter.
The Little Free Pantry project has taken off across North America, with hundreds of pantries popping up across Canada and the United States. Learn more about the Little Free Pantry project by visiting this site.
Take what you need.
If you find items inside and you need them, take them and know we care about you. Please remember the mini pantry belongs to all of us, so only take the items you need, trusting that the mini pantry will be here for you again when you need it.
Give what you can.
You are welcome to place food or hygiene donations inside the pantry. Give what you would want to receive. No gift is too small! In winter, please try to avoid donating items that will freeze if left outdoors.
Commonly Needed Items
- Food Items: Dry soups, crackers, pasta, rice, ramen noodles, oatmeal, granola bars, pop tarts, spices, can openers
- Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, toothpaste, bars of soap, feminine hygiene products, mittens, scarves, blankets,
- Please note that during winter, we cannot put items in the pantry that will freeze, as that causes concern for food safety. If there are items that are donated that may freeze, staff will remove them and donate them to the local food bank instead.
Health & Safety
Note: We follow Alberta Health Services regulations for community pantries and this project is monitored daily to ensure we are keeping community members safe and to ensure there is nothing in the pantry that shouldn't be there.
If you have any questions regarding the Little Free Pantry project or are interested in getting involved, please feel free to contact Alana at 780-948-8597.