Three Grade 9 students at Mecca Glen School created this Free Little Pantry housed at the Ponoka Seventh Day Adventist Church parking lot as a way to provide community members with free items needed. It can be filled with toiletries, food or even winter clothing. Photo submitted

Grade 9 students from Mecca Glen School create community pantry

Ponoka’s first Community pantry was installed in the Ponoka Seventh Day Adventist Church recently.

Ponoka’s first Community pantry was installed in the Ponoka Seventh Day Adventist Church parking lot recently.

This pantry was a project put together by three Grade 9 students attending Mecca Glen School.

Over the last year the students have been working hard to build Ponoka’s first “Little Free Pantry.” The Little Free Pantry is an unlocked cupboard that is open to the public.

The cupboard can be filled with food, winter clothing, toiletries, etc. Then anybody who needs these necessary items can take what they need.

The project started down in the United States and has migrated up to Canada. Cities like Red Deer and Calgary have also built pantries for their own communities.

The community is encouraged to keep the pantry stocked and the pantry is always open to the public.