Cou­ple opens com­mu­nity cup­board in Win­nipeg

Cape Breton Post - - Canada -

WIN­NIPEG — A cou­ple who’ve opened a com­mu­nity pantry out­side their home in a poor Win­nipeg neigh­bour­hood say they could have started a com­mu­nity li­brary, but the neigh­bours who knock on their door aren’t look­ing for “War and Peace.’’

Kelly Hughes and An­drea Vaile live in the Cen­ten­nial neigh­bour­hood of Win­nipeg near sev­eral in­ner-city mis­sions. Their house is at­tached to a for­mer church which they’re plan­ning to ren­o­vate into a theatre and mu­sic space, but Hughes says it means they get a lot of peo­ple at their door, of­ten ask­ing for food.

“We some­times had some stuff inside handy that we could give them, but An­drea said maybe we should build one of th­ese free pantries,’’ Hughes ex­plained. Com­mu­nity pantries are a take on the idea of com­mu­nity li­braries — where res­i­dents build cup­boards out­side their homes and al­low peo­ple to take, and leave, items for free. Hughes and Vaile opened their com­mu­nity cup­board on Fri­day, stocked it with non­per­ish­able food items and toi­letries, and posted a mes­sage on Face­book ask­ing friends to help them keep it filled.

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