No Child Goes Hungry (NCGH) is pleased to provide a grant to the Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD) to build a little free pantry in Missoula, Montana. MUD is a 501(c)(3) organization that empowers people to create a more sustainable community through tool sharing and hands-on learning. It is a tool library, demonstration site, and skill-sharing hub rolled into one. Since 1981, MUD has worked toward the vision of a world in which tools and skills are shared for the betterment of our community and planet.
According to Casey Valencia, MUD Executive Director, the organization is doing more than building a pantry in its community. It’s teaching community members to create and sustain their own community resources to help end hunger for children and their families.
“We are going to host a little free pantry building workshop, so No Child Goes Hungry’s support will help us build the prototype for our site, and then we’ll share the knowledge and skills with other folks to build their own,” said Valencia. “We are also planning on having a pantry stocking drive so that participants will have their new pantries freshly stocked at their start. Hopefully, this will help folks throughout our community.”
“I love what the team at MUD is doing in Missoula,” said No Child Goes Hungry Founder and Director Kären Rasmussen. “I love that they are creating a prototype of a little free pantry and teaching residents how to build and maintain pantries throughout Missoula. I’ve heard stories from communities where families travel miles from their homes to obtain foods and snacks for their households from area pantries. The more pantries available in a community in need, the better. I hope MUD’s work inspires others to develop such philanthropic support initiatives in their area.”
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