Hellertown Micropantry Will Make Food More Available for Those in Need

Volunteer Elizabeth Marlin beams after the micropantry whose construction she spearheaded was installed Sunday at Dewey Fire Company in Hellertown.

Thanks to borough resident Elizabeth Marlin, Dewey Fire Company No. 1 and others, Hellertown’s first micropantry is now open at Dewey Fire Company No. 1 on Durham Street.

A micropantry is a small kiosk that functions as a miniature food bank, with the difference that food donations are available for the taking 24/7.

If you have a few extra nonperishable food items to donate, you can place them in this kiosk (which is on the Tobias Drive side of the building) at any time. If you ever need a few cans to help feed your family, you can take them–no questions asked.

Much like the popular Little Free libraries that have been appearing around the Saucon Valley, the philosophy behind the micropantry project is “leave a can, take a can” (instead of “leave a book, take a book.”

The micropantry is the end product of a true community effort–by and for local residents–and an affirmation of Dewey’s slogan: “Neighbors helping neighbors.”

Dewey Fire Co. Chief Mike Maguire said the planning for this installation began in the spring.

Just in time to help provide another charitable resource for local families in need, another micropantry will be installed by Marlin and friends at Hellertown Borough Hall next week.

Volunteers from Dewey Fire Co. put the finishing touches on the new micropantry kiosk outside the fire station along Tobias Drive Sunday.

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About Josh Popichak
Josh Popichak

Josh Popichak is a journalist and publisher who is passionate about providing an open online platform and advocating for independent, local news. He has covered news--first in print, later online--in the Saucon Valley area of eastern Pennsylvania since 2005. In addition to writing extensively about local issues, he uses Facebook, Instagram and other social media to help personalize and broaden awareness of topics affecting the communities he covers. He also manages the Facebook pages for several local businesses as part of his business, Saucon Source LLC. He is a 1999 graduate of Bates College, where he was a history major and arts editor for the student newspaper.

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