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I need to learn that even the most positive of news will be swarming with negative comments. This is a good idea. It strengthens community. It helps people in need. Gives people a chance to experience generosity and compassion. Imagine being homeless or desperately in need, knowing you had this readily available to help you in hard times.
My great grandparents did this during the depression when they owned one of the banks operating at the time in our small area of Northern KY. They made sure farmers had cash to keep their farms afloat and in return food boxes like this were set up in homes around town for those in need.
When I started the project eight months ago, I hoped only to make a difference at the level of the individual. The real power of the project is in its ability, first, to provoke questions about need (see thread). Second, its community-building potential must be experienced. Being a daily witness to that is the greatest gift of my life. The Little Free Pantry
Why are we humans so complex? Simply put this is nice thing to do. Will it be abused? Certainly. Will it do any good, maybe? But that doesn't mean it is a bad idea or that we shouldn't try something that might benefit just one person hanging on the edge of our society. Good thing you people who think of all the negatives have had plenty of food to fuel you, but some people are just trying to survive day to day.
Better watch out, or you'll wind up like those lawbreakers down in Florida and get arrested for feeding homeless people.
Or maybe the police will do what they did when those New York hunters donated their deer kills, and throw away hundreds of pounds of venison because "not state approved."
This is such a good idea, please don't turn it into a soap box for negative banter.
But we should eliminate food stamps because there's 0.9% fraud. I'm from the South, and you will see this type of well intended hypocrisy everywhere. And they have no idea!
That is why they have food pantries...I volunteered at one here in Georgia, and trust me, there is not a shortage of food cans that people do not want..i.e. tomato soup, fruit cocktail. A better use of time would be to donate time, or money to one of these nonprofit organizations or churches that are already a food pantry destination for the homeless, and poor families.
It would probably work in a good neighborhood which is the place where it's least needed. Try in in a needy poor neighborhood... not even the box would survive. I am speaking from experience, I grew up in a hungry needy neighborhood . Luckily I was able to get out
I doubt that people are putting these up in the hopes of curing homelessness and hunger. They are putting them up as a way of giving back to their community. Even in middle class suburbia there is plenty of need. Ppl lose their jobs, things get tight, someone gets hurt, someone passes away. This is a very real and small way for people to help around their community. If you know it will get destroyed in yours then find some other way of helping. Go volunteer at the soup kitchens and shelters. Donate to the big places but don't degrade someone else's giving. We need more small acts of kindness throughout our world and maybe those small acts will turn into bigger acts.