The Little Free Pantry
During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Loveland resident Sharon Shuster Anhorn filled a wooden cabinet in front of her Garfield Avenue home with nonperishable food and invited neighbors to take what they needed. Her effort became known as “Loveland's Little Free Pantry." The pantry quickly gained a social media following. The Loveland Community kept the pantry well stocked for those in need.
By 2021, the pantry had become a little bit more than the octogenarian Sharon could handle. So she reached out to the Mission Team at Trinity UMC. The Little Free Pantry was relocated to Trinity's property on Nov. 1, 2021, where it's notoriety and use only grew. To date, the pantry has been upgraded several times. The most recent was done by TUMC member, Bob Troendly, in November 2022. As a part of this upgrade, a new, larger, insulated pantry took to the place of the smaller units. Brighter outside lighting was also installed and signage put in.
TUMC's Mission Team diligently maintains the pantry, but we'd love your help. The pantry is accessible 24 hours per day and is stocked with canned and non-perishable food items, as well as some toiletries, such as toothbrushes. We also have a small supply of pet items. Almost all of the items are donated, though some are purchased with monetary donations made to the pantry. You may donate to this ministry at any time. Canned Goods may be brought in during office hours or by contacting the TUMC Mission Team. Monetary gifts are always welcome and used solely for this effort.
For more information, please visit Friends of the Pantry Loveland Facebook page or contact the Church Office.