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A group of Greene County Tech Students create “Little Free Pantries”




Greene Co., AR- A group of Greene County Tech Students created “Little Free Pantries” for those in need across the county.


Literacy teacher Beverly Porter says her students created this project in 2019 but due to the pandemic, it took them about 17 months to make happen.


“I came across this idea a few years ago and I presented it to my students, and they were all for it, they were like yes, we want to do it, and then we started planning. We had guest speakers come in and talk to us. Food insecurity they learned a lot about that during the time frame,” Literacy teacher, Beverly Porter said.


Porter says this was to help her students understand food insecurity and how they can make a difference in the community.


She says once the project was approved by the school board and superintendents, they were able to make it happen.


Thanks to the high school students and community members the boxes were built.


“We need it here on our campus that way the kids can access it, anybody can access it and it’s on the opposite side of town than the other pantries,” Porter said.


They currently have 2 pantries, one at the Primary school and Intermediate school.


It’s for anyone in the Northeast Arkansas who need it. Porter’s students were excited to see what their project was doing for those in the community.


They just ask those to take what you need and bring what you can.


“A lot of people are suffering and they’re having problems so we’re hoping that having the pantry around that will help relieve some of the stress people are feeling,” Porter said.


Porter says they are working to add another pantry at the high school soon and are accepting nonperishable, toiletry items and paper products.

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