1 out of every 9 Medford residents struggles with food insecurity. What that means is that 1 out of every 9 of our neighbors is forced to choose between purchasing food and paying for other essentials such as rent, bills, and medication.
At Hillside Community Church, we believe that God calls us to love our neighbors in real, tangible ways. So when one of our members came across the Little Free Pantry movement and their “Give what you can, Take what you need” ethos, we immediately knew that it would be a small but meaningful way to begin addressing food insecurity in our neighborhood.
We ordered a pre-made pantry off of Etsy (not knowing that it was being shipped from Ukraine and would take months to arrive nor that it would arrive in a box so large that it would require a truck to pick up!), painted it “Hillside Blue,” installed it in front of our building, and flyered the neighborhood to let everyone know about the resource.
While it looks like one of those Little Free Libraries you’ll find scattered all over Greater Boston, our micro food pantry is filled with nonperishable food items.
If you are in need of food, please help yourself any time, night or day! The box is located near the corner of Osgood and North Street in Medford. Or, if you’re in a position to help, please swing by and put your non-expired, non-perishible food donation right into the pantry. Together, we can help our neighbors in need!