‘Free little pantry’ boxes pop-up throughout Shore town

"Leave what you can, take what you need."

Image courtesy of Stafford Recreation.

Image courtesy of Stafford Recreation.

“Leave what you can, take what you need.”

That’s the motto of a new program in Ocean County’s Stafford Township, where teenager Parker Petty recently unveiled his Eagle Scout project, dubbed “Free Little Pantry.”

Petty and his father, along with fellow Eagle Scouts, began building and installing the boxes, stocked with typical pantry items, in several locations around the town to provide food for those in need.

According to township officials, the boxes are accessible to the public “all day, every day, all year long.”

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Residents are also encouraged to keep the boxes stocked. Officials say to leave non-perishable, canned goods, and personal care items (excluding sharp objects and chemicals).

The pantry boxes are located at Heritage Park (W. Bay Avenue), Beach Avenue Park (77 Beach Ave) and the Bay Avenue Community Center (775 E. Bay Ave), with one more box to be installed in Ocean Acres (location not yet determined).

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