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HUMAN KINDNESS CAN BE FOUND AT END OF YOUR DRIVEWAY

- Melissa Hank,

Borrowing a cup of sugar from a neighbour in person may currently be verboten, but some communitie­s are sharing resources in a pandemic-friendly way. Outdoor cupboards known as “little free pantries” or “blessing boxes” allow residents to leave non-perishable food items and hygiene products for those who need them, and take any supplies that they find themselves without. Typically attached to churches or businesses, the little free pantries have no limits on how much residents can take and are left unlocked 24/7. They’ve been around since 2016, but now they’re even more important. To set up a pantry in your neighbourh­ood, visit littlefree­pantry.org for building plans and what to stock. And don’t forget to check for any local zoning laws or restrictio­ns.

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