Little pantry, big heart

Inspired by the little free libraries that pop up around many towns, Sara Wolovlek recently set a kitchen pantry on the lawn of her home at Seventh and Monroe in Muskegon and asked for help filling it so that people could get food whenever they were in need.

Non-perishable food – instant meals, canned fruit, canned meat – baby supplies, household cleaners, toilet paper, personal care and similar items are sought.

“This has turned into a full-time job,” Wolovlek commented last week, smiling, and it is clear she means it when she adds that she does not mind.

There is a Facebook page, “7th and monroe little free pantry,” which lists other ways people can contribute. Wolovlek uses an “ibotta” app on her phone to help fund it, which requires entering receipts and getting refunds, so she is asking for receipts. Also, if people simply download ibotta, she gets a reward.

There Wolovlek recently posted modestly, “The pantry is working and it is amazing to see ... in reality we aren’t the ones that need to be thanked. It is everyone else.”

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