Logan local provides ‘community pantry’ to help families in need

As more families across the country grapple with the rising cost of living, a Queensland woman tries to ease the burden on her community.

Libby Stanley, a Logan resident, has what she calls a “community pantry” that people in need can help themselves to to make their lives a little easier.

Libby told Today that she had worked with local charity Touch of Hope for the past two years, but also wanted to do something a little closer to home.

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Libby Stanley Logan food parcels community pantry
Logan resident Libby Stanley has what she calls a community food pantry where people in need can help themselves to make their lives a little easier. (Today)

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“I have prepared food parcels for local residents and have just seen the need for food aid continue to grow,” Libby said.

She said that whenever she did personal grocery shopping, she would throw a few extra items in the cart and they would go into a refrigerator she kept in front of her house.

“There’s a sign on the front that says, ‘Take what you need, give what you can’ and that’s how it works,” she said.

“I had about 16 items that I put in there when I started and I put an ad or a little notice in three community Facebook groups and the community came in and filled it in too.”

The Libby Stanley Community Food Pantry is accessible any time of the day. (Today)

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She said it was a simple system and people would pick up items and also drop them off to help.

Libby also said she had noticed people’s need for the service had “increased dramatically” over the past 12 months and they were coming in at all hours of the day.

“Two to three times a day the pantry is accessible,” she said.

“There are people who come before dawn in the morning, people who come after dark and people who come all in between. So yes, it is really necessary.”

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