Boys & Girls Club of Lincoln Helping the Community with New Food Pantries
Boys & Girls Club members are addressing hunger in communities needing it most
Lincoln, NE — To address food insecurity issues, intensified by the pandemic’s impact, Boys & Girls Clubs of Lincoln/Lancaster County (BGC) is kicking off a project to build and install four Little Free Pantries in neighborhoods throughout Lincoln.
Kingery Construction is partnering with Boys & Girls Club on this project. On Tuesday, October 26, BGC members at North Star High School visited Kingery Construction’s work site to assemble four pantries. During the visit, students had opportunities to engage with Kingery staff and learn more about the construction industry.
“Boys & Girls Club has always provided hot meals for our Club members, but we wanted to ensure we were helping address the growing population affected by food insecurity,” says Kimberly Goins, executive director of BGC Lincoln. “Our team is also delighted to be working with Kingery on this project. This could open some valuable opportunities for kids looking for a career in the construction industry. We’re excited about the potential."
Millard Lumber is also partnering with Boys & Girls Club on the pantry project. They donated over $2,500 in supplies to build the food pantries, which will be assembled in October and installed this fall.
The little free pantry movement is a grassroots movement led by neighbors who want to help neighbors experiencing food insecurity. Each pantry is a designated, easily accessible space for donation of food, hygiene and paper products. Anyone is welcome to anonymously give what they can and take what they need. Boys & Girls Club already has two blue pantries installed at Cooper Park (7th & D Street) and American Legion Park (26th and Randolph Street).
Right now, Boys & Girls Club is looking for corporate sponsors that will “adopt a pantry” and help with its upkeep, making sure it stays stocked and in good condition through the coming months. For more information about BGC’s pantries and how to sponsor one, you can contact Marketing & Resource Development Director Claire Shinn at CShinn@lincolnbgc.org.