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By: Miss Maryland International 2020 Jill Parsons Short, Contributing Writer

With the need for social and physical distancing on the rise, I wanted to get the word out about a SAFE and EFFECTIVE way to help support our communities.

Have you seen these “Little Free Pantries” at various locations around your neighborhoods?

Community members who are able to donate are invited to leave non-perishable food items, household goods such as toilet paper, dish soap, infant formula, feminine products, diapers, etc., and if someone is in need, they may take what they need from the pantry. Little Free Pantries are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be accessed without any contact or interaction.

Although we’re quarantined and staying home, we all still have to venture out *carefully* from time to time for truly essential reasons. Please consider dropping off a few items while you’re out!  This is a sure way to lift your spirits—and bless someone else at the same time!

Below is a comprehensive list of Little Free Pantries across Maryland. I’m sure there are more—so please leave comments (and pics too!) below highlighting LFP locations you know of that I haven’t listed yet.

(Fun Fact: The Little Free Pantry featured in my photo is located at the Charlotte Hall Library in Southern Maryland. A huge SHOUTOUT to the awesome group of Eagle Scouts and our local Mom’s Club for funding the construction of this little Blessing Box!!)

For more information about Little Free Pantries, check out their website:

http://www.littlefreepantry.org

Stay safe, healthy, positive, kind and creative! We will get through this TOGETHER!!

~Jill Short

Mrs. Maryland International

#belittlebitty #littlefreepantry #wecan #communityunity

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ST. MARY’S COUNTY:

• Little Free Pantry at Lexington Park Library-

   21677 FDR Blvd, Lexington Park, MD 20653

• Little Free Pantry at Charlotte Hall Library-

   37600 New Market Rd, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622

HOWARD COUNTY:

• Town Center Little Free Pantry at Vantage Pt. Park-

  • Vantage Point Road, Columbia, MD 21044

• Owen Brown Little Free Pantry-

  • Cradlerock Way, Columbia MD 21044

• Chestnut Hills Little Free Pantry-

   8074 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043

   (at Brown’s Motel, right near Patapsco Park)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY:

• Damascus Little Free Pantry-  

   11017 Locust Drive, Damascus, MD 20872

• Clarksburg Little Free Pantry at Clarksburg Church-

   22820 Frederick Rd, Clarksburg, MD 21771

• Takoma Park Little Free Pantry-

   Maple Ave and Erie Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912

HARFORD COUNTY:

• Aberdeen Little Free Pantry-

   1013 Beards Hill Road, Aberdeen, MD 21001 Suite 300

FREDERICK COUNTY:

• Little Free Rosemont Pantry-

   1105 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD 21701

WASHINGTON COUNTY:

• Little Pantry at First Christian Church-

  1. Potomac Ave, Hagerstown, MD 21742

• Snyder Avenue Blessing Box-

  1. Snyder Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21740

• Little Pantry at First Christian Church-

  1. Potomac Ave, Hagerstown MD, 21742

• Girl Scouts/Emmanuel UMC Blessing Box-

   802 Summit Ave, Hagerstown, MD 21740

CARROLL COUNTY:

• Hampstead’s Little Free Pantry-

  1. Main St, Hampstead, MD 21074

• Mt. Airy Little Free Pantry-

   228 Main Street, Mount Airy, MD 21771

• Little Free Pantry at Immanuel Lutheran Church-

   3184 Church St, Manchester, MD 21102

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY:

• The Blessing Box at Hyattsville Elementary School-

   5311 43rd Ave #1904, Hyattsville, MD 20781

•The Blessing Box at St. Jerome Catholic Church-

  • 43rd Ave, Hyattsville, MD 20781

• Little Free Pantry at St Matthew’s United Methodist Church-

   14900 Annapolis Rd, Bowie, MD 20715

WORCESTER COUNTY:

• Bethany Blessing Box at Bethany UMC-

   8648 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin, MD 21811

   (MD-611 South at Snug Harbor Rd.)

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY:

• Little Free Pantry at Glen Burnie Church of the Nazarene-

  1.  Northdale Road, Glen Burnie, MD 21060

• Little Free Pantry at Linthicum Community Library-

   400 Shipley Road, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

GARRETT COUNTY:

• Little Free Pantry at Oakland City Hall-

  1. S. 3rd Street, Oakland, MD 21550

• Little Free Pantry at Crellin Elementary School-

   115 Kendall Dr, Oakland, MD 21550

• Little Free Pantry at Deep Creek Lake Lion’s Club Park-

   1245 Bumble Bee Road, McHenry, MD 21541

ALLEGANY COUNTY:

• Little Free Pantry at South Cumberland Public Library-

   100 Seymour Street, Cumberland, MD 21502

• Little Free Pantry at George’s Creek Regional Library-

   76 Main Street, Lonaconing, MD 21539

• Little Free Pantry at Westernport Library-

   66 Main Street, Westernport, MD 21562