“The Little Food Pantry That Could.” Man’s...

“The Little Food Pantry That Could.” Man’s Roadside Tent Feeds Neighbors In Need.

Fred Rogers’ mother once told him, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

Jerry Pilachowski of Red Lion, Pennsylvania, is one of them. Although the novel coronavirus pandemic has put his sign making business out of commission for the time being, Jerry is focusing on giving back to his community.


Using money he received from a mortgage assistance program, he bought a tent, a few cartloads of food, and other essential supplies in early April. Then he set up the Little Free Food Pantry on the side of Cape Horn Road and put out the word on Facebook.

His goal is simple: to make sure his neighbors are taken care of.

red lion food pantry

“Give what you can. Take what you need,” reads the sign outside.

Not only has Little Free Food Pantry received a steady stream of visitors ever since, but Jerry has also seen plenty of volunteers come to help!

While their tent has been battered by rain and wind, it still stands thanks to Jerry and his team. No matter what comes their way, they keep rebuilding, making improvements, and stocking the shelves.

food pantry volunteers

What’s more, businesses and individuals alike have come together to raise money on GoFundMe and make generous food deliveries. In fact, volunteer Nycholee Conner said, “More people are giving than are taking at this point.”

Jerry added, “I had a guy this morning who bought $250 worth of food and brought that up, then gave me another $50 so I could go get some.”

food pantry donations

No matter how hard our circumstances become, there are always good people looking for ways to help! If you live nearby and want to participate, head to Jerry’s Facebook to see what they need.

Learn more about Little Free Food Pantry in the video below, and share the idea with your friends. For more stories of joy and hope, check out the Coronavirus Good News Dashboard.

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