Sharing Pantries- “Take what you need, leave what you can”

By on Friday, June 23rd, 2023 in More Top Stories Northeastern Oregon News

BAKER CITY – Sharing Pantry’s are for those not easily able to meet everyday food and personal needs. Sharing Pantry are for a hungry kid after school or a home cook who forgot to buy tomatoes. They are for everyone!  According to Haley Hueckman with Baker County Safe Communities Coalition their motto is “Take what you need, leave what you can.”

Hueckman says that Brick-and-mortar food pantries are better at meeting pervasive needs. Some individuals and families fall through the cracks. Our Sharing Pantry’s serve as a safety net. For example, many brick-and-mortar food pantries require an application. Most have hours of operation. Anyone may access our Sharing Pantry’s. Whether giving or taking, everyone approaches the Sharing Pantry the same way, mediating the shame that accompanies need.

Thanks to funding from the Baker County Local Community Health Partnership, there are currently Sharing Pantries at the Eagles Parking lot at 2935 H Street, Blue Mountain Baptist Church 2998 8th Street, and at Churchill School. There are other pantries around Baker City (some food and some books) but those ones are not affiliated with this particular Sharing Pantry project.

Those interested in donating to the pantries need to know that:

· Donations need to be non-perishable food items. Items that don’t require a can opener are preferred. Items that we love seeing in the food pantry: canned vegetables, canned meat, box meals, baking supplies/spices

· BCSCC does ask that people do NOT leave items that aren’t non-perishable food in the pantries. Personal care items, and seasonal need items such as gloves, hats, sunscreen are also welcome.