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What is a Little Free Food Pantry?

We get this question a lot!

Little Free Food Pantries are small boxes that look a lot like neighborhood libraries, but instead of books, they're filled with unexpired, non-perishable food.


In the early days of 2021, we were inspired by the successful network created in the Pacific Northwest through the The Little Free Pantry movement. Today, there are 25 Be The Good Project Little Free Food Pantries across Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland where residents can “take what you need, leave what you can” — no questions asked.

The goal of the Little Free Food Pantry program is simple: to provide our neighbors with low-barrier access to emergency non-perishables food with dignity and discretion, 24/7.

Every week, our incredible volunteers check the Little Free Food Pantries across the DMV and fill them with nutritious, unexpired, non-perishable foods to help our neighbors who need supplemental groceries. Each box is professionally built with exterior rated materials and donated by our generous supporters.


This model for service is flexible and relies on the generosity of our community. To every volunteer, family, and student who has visited a Little Free Food Pantry, we are so grateful for your willingness to help.

Click here to learn where the Little Free Food Pantries are located and how you can sign up to help keep them stocked!


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