Place Little Free Pantries on Morton Grove Village Properties
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A Little Free Pantry is a place where neighbors can leave food for those who may need food or experience food insecurity. It is also a place for people to take food from when they are in need. It is a grassroots movement meant to be supported and taken care of by neighbors in a community. On 11/24/2017 a Little Free Pantry was installed on Morton Grove village property at the corner of Menard Avenue and Greenwood Street. There was overwhelming support from many community members who embraced and supported this cause. There were also members of the community who did not support this cause and called the police department and village hall to express concerns. The village, in order to avoid confrontation, determined that it was easiest to require the removal of the Little Free Pantry from village property.
Food insecurity is a reality that many individuals face. Did you know, 27% of the student population at Park View Elementary is considered low income and 32% of the student population at Niles West High School is considered low income? Additionally, this pantry is to promote sharing, giving, and community which means that even people who don’t face food insecurity can and do benefit. Who hasn’t forgotten the cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving or Christmas when the store was already closed?
Promoting a Little Free Pantry may seem scary or like it’s “not for this community” however, the differences we promote and embrace are what make this community and the surrounding area such a rich place to live. Please support the Little Free Pantry by signing this petition and by visiting it in Morton Grove on the 8900 block of Menard between Greenwood Street and Lake Street. It is on the east side of the street.
Take what you need, leave what you can.
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