On the corner of School and Common Streets in Natick Center a mini free-food pantry has sprung up, installed by a local family in collaboration with the Common Street Spiritual Center. Dubbed “The Common Good Pantry,” the community resource has been put in place as a response to the issue of widespread food insecurity as many neighbors increasingly find it difficult to fill their kitchen shelves with healthy food for their families.
Volunteers will start stocking the Common Good Pantry shelves later this month with items such as cereal, personal care products, canned goods, and more. At that time, everyone will be welcome to access the donated items.
“Even before COVID there was a lot of community need out there, and it hasn’t gone away even though things are opening up more,” said Ian Mevorach, Minister and Director of the Spiritual Center.
Natick residents Suzanne and Roger Alcott, along with their three daughters Olivia, Grace, and Katelyn, and family friend Sara Goldstein-Weiss worked to make the vision for the pantry a reality. Katelyn and Sara created the artwork for the pantry. C & T Design Center donated the paint and paint brushes.
Details are still coming together as organizers finish the signage, which will include instructions for use. We’ll do a follow up post regarding ways community members can help out with the project.