Mini food pantries target Cincinnati's 'food deserts'

FOX19 NOW/Robert Guaderrama
FOX19 NOW/Robert Guaderrama
FOX 19 NOW/Robert Guaderrama
FOX 19 NOW/Robert Guaderrama

WEST END, OH (FOX19) - Unique food pantries are popping up around Cincinnati.

People's Pantry Cincy has transformed old newspaper boxes into 9 mini food pantries. A tenth one is coming in two weeks.

The organization was founded by a local registered dietitian.

The pantries are strategically placed in low-income neighborhoods identified as "food deserts."

Donations are paying to stock the pantries.

Neighbors are invited to leave non-perishable food items and toiletries.

Anyone in need is welcome to stop by and take what they need, said the founder of People's Pantry Cincy, Lisa Andrews.

She said she hopes the program encourages communities to nourish their neighborhoods through the voluntary donations.

Each pantry has a "champion" designed to monitor it and encourage community donations.

"As a dietitian, I've always believed that no one should go hungry," Andrews said.

"We have an abundance of food, yet so many people are suffering from food insecurity, especially in Cincinnati."

Food pantry locations:

  • East Price Hill: 834 Enright Ave (near Imago Garden)
  • Millvale: 3277 Beekman St. (Youthland Academy Beekman)
  • North Fairmount: 1826 Baltimore Ave.(North Fairmount Community Center)
  • Northside: 4151 Turrill St. (Chase Elementary School)
  • Over-the-Rhine: 2000 Central Parkway (River of Life Church)
  • Walnut Hills: 950 Nassau St (Cincinnati Church of the Brethren)
  • Walnut Hills: 2366 Kemper Ln (Church of the Advent)
  • West End: 478 Dayton St.
  • Winton Hills: 4848 Winneste Ave(Winton Hills Community Center)
  • Camp Washington: This one will open July 10 at 2873 Colerain Ave.

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