Hampden has a new mini food pantry to help combat food insecurity in the community.

Perhaps you've seen one of the "little free libraries" around the area. The libraries are stocked with books free for the taking, with the hope that the books are returned or replaced with new reading material. Well, Hampden has adopted a similar concept, a "free little pantry."

Paul Wolfe, Townsquare Media
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The idea was led by a teacher at Reeds Brook Middle School, in Hampden. The pantry is based on the concept of "take what you need, leave what or when you can." The pantry was built by volunteers and installed outside the town office off Western Ave. Those who wish to donate items are reminded to only leave non-perishable goods, that won't freeze.

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The town of Hampden says in a Facebook post, "operating as service providers, food pantries have set hours, or require an application before use whereas the Little Free Pantry does not require anything."

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