Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts has announced the installation of a free small pantry in the courtyard of the Sag Harbor Theater. The Little Free Food Pantry is a nationwide grassroots program that provides communities with a resource to bring food, personal care, and paper goods to other community members with no questions asked and no access prerequisites. . The Little Free Food Pantry on Bay Street sits outside in the courtyard entrance and was created in collaboration with Kate Mueth and the Neo-Political Cowgirls, with construction donated by Men at Work Construction. Contributions can be dropped directly into the box 24/7, and people in need can also access the box 24/7. Those with additional questions can contact the Bay Street Box Office Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at 631-725-9500 or [email protected]
Little Free Food Pantry is not an organization, nor a non-profit organization. The local program is entirely interdependent with neighbors, collaborators and donors who seek to solve the daily difficulties of their community and feel called to do something in a way that reflects the shared values of compassion, generosity and trust.
When Kate Mueth first approached Bay Street, the response was immediate. “I thought it was an incredible idea,” says Tracy Mitchell, Executive Director. “As a community center, we are always ready to partner with others to help those in need.” Donations will be coordinated with the Sag Harbor Food Pantry as needed.
Jessica McClard started the grassroots mini-pantry movement in May 2016 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, when she planted the Little Free Pantry Pilot, a wooden box on a pole containing food, personal care and household items. paper accessible to everyone all the time, no questions asked. . She hoped her vision for the Little Free Library® concept would raise local awareness of food insecurity while creating space for neighbors to help meet neighborhood food needs. Just over a month later, CrystalRock Cathedral Women’s Ministries planted Blessing Box in Ardmore, OK. In August 2016, the movement was global. In the United States and around the world, the grassroots mini-pantry movement continues to grow and shift.
Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center of the Arts is a year-round non-profit professional theater and community cultural center, striving to innovate, educate and entertain a diverse community through the practice of scenic arts. It serves as a social and cultural gathering place, an educational resource and home to a community of artists.