Hospital food pantry looks to help communities in need

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Food pantries can come in all different shapes and sizes. The food pantry outside LewisGale Montgomery Hospital may be tiny, but it’s making a huge impact.

“It’s a way to help each other, in this time especially,” said Joy Gilman, Director of Women’s Health Services at LewisGale Montgomery Hospital.

Items include baby food, canned goods, face masks, and even books.

The Tiny Pantry opened at the beginning of October. This is the only food pantry within the entire LewisGale Healthcare System. The initiative was started by its Professional Development council.

The new pantry has been so successful, that it’s already keeping hospital staff busy.

“We have filled it numerous times and we check it about every other day to make sure there is plenty of food there,” said Gilman.

Under the pantry’s policy — “take what you need, leave what you can” — people are able to get the help that they need.

And it’s all done anonymously.

“That’s what makes the pantry so special,” Gilman said.

The news of the pantry has already been spreading through social media, many residents excited about the new idea. Some people have even started to drop-off food items at the hospital.

Staff say it’s an idea they hope will stick around.

“We hope that it will stay here and be apart of the community for a long time,” said Gilman.

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