Have you ever heard of the Little Free Libraries? A little box on the side of the road where you can either take a book to read or donate one back, this is the same concept but with food. The Bellevue Reformed Church in Schenectady opened up the Capital Region's first Little Free Pantry.

According to The Daily Gazette, the pantry opened just outside the church's front entrance and will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They say that the only rules for food donation is that if you wouldn't eat it, don't donate it.

The idea has been in the works for a few months and after mapping out the Capital Region, AmeriCorps figured out that in Bellevue the nearest food pantry is a bit too far away for people to utilize so this seemed like the perfect pairing. The hope is that this inspires similar pantries to open up around the Capital Region.

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