The Grande Prairie Public Library has received $10,000 from the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta to help fill the shelves of the Library’s Little Free Pantry.
The pantry, which contains non-perishable food items and toiletries and is located within the Library itself, and is used to supplement other programs in the community and is available to anyone in need.
Head of Customer Services Tara Weibe says the contribution will fund the Little Free Pantry above and beyond what they currently offer well into 2022. She adds without community support like this, they wouldn’t be able to continue much-needed services.
“Not only will the Pantry be stocked with necessities that are used year-round, but we will also be purchasing more expensive winter items such as blankets and gloves,” she adds.
Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta CEO Laura LaValley says several fund holders contributed to putting the grant together, including Sheehan Flint Family Fund, Vincent and Tracey Vavrek Family Fund, and the Ainsworth Legacy Community Fund.
“Recognizing that libraries serve so many needs of their patrons, including food security and belonging… we commend the Grande Prairie Public Library for their innovation and connection to our community,” she adds.
Earlier this month, the GPPL raised more than $2,000 to help fill the shelves of the pantry as part of a Giving Tuesday initiative.