Today, marked the launch of the Food Pantry Program, better known as the Little Free Pantry at the Estevan Public Library. It will give the community another place to donate food and supplies to people in need. It will provide non-perishable food items, and basic supplies to members of the public on a 'take what you need, leave what you can' basis.

Roxy Blackmore the Adult Program Co-ordinator for the Estevan Public Library, "I saw this in a library this summer on my travels, and I thought it was something we definitely need here or could use. And so I approached Lucas about it, and he was on board."

Blackmore who is very passionate about the launch of the new program, "As far as I'm concerned, I thought it was brilliant. You can never help out enough, it's certainly not to take away from anything happening in the community, but you can never help enough, and have enough resources for people. And again it's not to take from anything, it's very limited. Take 3 items, leave 3 items so it's on a smaller scale, but its another option for people."

It is a great alternative in case of emergency to have access to food in a crisis, "Absolutely, and the location of it here is kind of quiet and we don't want it to be loud as it is very humbling to use something like this, but many of us have. Many of us might, even though we think we won't. And theirs nothing wrong with using something there that is for your use."

Lucas Reid, the Library Branch Manager, "I was very receptive to it after Roxy brought forth the idea after a trip to Alberta, where she saw a similar initiative in a library and so we both sort of looked into it. Figured out some policies regarding to it, and we're excited to be offering it to our patrons because we know that people could benefit from it for sure."

Reid gave a quick overview of the launch of the Little Free Pantry, "That is the general policy, its a take 3 and leave up to 3. We have a list of items that are donatable, so its a list of things we will accept. Aside from that its just a take three leave three sort of thing. And its open essentially all the time."

The Library continues to break new ground in the energy city and if you are able to donate you can do so during library hours.

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