The Community Pantry started in Lansing, right as the pandemic was hitting. The McIntyre family noticed a huge demand for people-in-need to have access to healthy food. So, they took action and built a food pantry out of recycled furniture. The pantry was filled with snacks, fresh fruit, and vegetables, along with personal hygiene items that were donated by friends and neighbors.
When the McIntyre’s moved to Leavenworth in 2021, the family that purchased their Lansing house agreed to keep the small pantry going. This motivated them to build a bigger pantry so they could help more people in another part of town. The newest food cabinet is located on Broadway St. near Kansas Ave. They try to keep nonperishable food items and personal hygiene products in stock, and the concept behind the operation is “take what you need, leave what you can”. With the rising price in groceries, there has been a surge in demand and the pantry is emptied each day.
On Oct. 8th between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. the Leavenworth Soccer Association will be hosting a food drive for the Community Pantry at the soccer complex.
Their current needs are:
• canned goods
• pasta meals/flavored rice kits
• instant potatoes
• pasta sauce
• granola bars/snack bars
• kids’ snacks
• Hormel Compleats
• cleaner
• laundry detergent
• personal care items
Recently, the Community Pantry became a licensed 501c3 organization and can accept monetary donations via CashApp at $thecommunitypantryks. They also have an Amazon Wishlist that can be found at The families big project this year will be delivering Thanksgiving plates to those who need it.
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