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Outdoor pantries popping up in local neighborhoods

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Posted at 4:30 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 22:08:01-04

People are coming together to find new ways of helping those in need in their communities.

What was once called a Little Free Library in Grover Beach is now a Little Free Pantry.

While books are still available inside the cabinet outside one woman's home, she has also made room for food items.

Those in need in the area are told they can take any canned food or dry goods they are in need of and donations are also encouraged.

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A little free library turned little free pantry in Grover Beach

A similar idea has also popped up in a Santa Maria neighborhood.

With a sign that says, "Take some, leave some, we are all in this together," creator Sarah Brown hopes people will drop off items they don't use so others in need can benefit.

"Taking care of your neighbors in our neighborhood, there's a lot of older people who maybe might not be able to go to the grocery store as easy as somebody like me or younger people or don't have people to go for them, so if we could just look out for our neighbors and take care of each other, we can get through this together," Brown said.

KSBY caught up with Anthony Martinez, who was dropping off some items at the Santa Maria location. "I believe it's been helpful. I think we should have more of them. I think people should come out here and realize that the panic should be relaxed a little bit, give to the people who can't get out of their homes."

Thursday morning, items available included canned goods, water bottles, laundry detergent, fruit, granola bars and more.