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Little Food Pantries come to the Cedar Valley

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BLACK HAWK COUNTY (KWWL) -

Little Food Pantries are starting to pop up across the Cedar Valley.

They're like Little Free Libraries, but instead of books, there is food inside. People can take items if they need it or they leave food for others.

The final touches are still being put on the Little Food Pantries.

"It's accessible 24/7 so anyone can walk up and take an item or anyone can walk up and leave an item," said Joyce Levingston, organizer. "It kind of gets rid of the stigma, since we are a proud nation and a proud community, everyone can access it the same."

The pantries are something Joyce says she would utilize as a mother.

"I can actually remember having my first child when I was a teenager and if one of these were in the area, it is probably something I would have utilized," said Joyce.

The pantries are also something many families in the area can use.

"Some schools in Waterloo are serving 100 percent of students in poverty," said Joyce.

Joyce says she was inspired by the Little Libraries and the - take one leave one approach. Joyce is hopeful the same idea with food will help families in the Cedar Valley.

"it's my ideal that everyone thinks about these pantries everyday, especially while they are eating a meal," said Joyce.

She is hopeful people will donate items to help local families.

"I know what it is like not to have anything, so I don't mind giving and I think that a majority of our families are in need here in the community," said Joyce. "Looking out for each other, that's my goal and it's my goal to promote that positiveness in the community as well."

Joyce and her team need your help. They are looking for a place in Cedar Falls to put their final Little Food Pantry. To suggest a location or to help Joyce and her team, Joyce can be reached by phone at 319-229-8823 or by email at Levingsj@uni.edu. 
    
The Little Pantries should be up and running by Thanksgiving. So far, pantries will be located at the Jesse Cosby Neighborhood Center in Waterloo and in 18 hundred block of Newell Street.

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