A Little Free Pantry went up in mid-August in front of the YMCA of Sequim with various types of food available 24/7. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

A Little Free Pantry went up in mid-August in front of the YMCA of Sequim with various types of food available 24/7. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

YMCA of Sequim adds free pantry

Community giving continues through another local Little Free Pantry.

The YMCA of Sequim at 610 N. Fifth Ave. has added a purple, wooden box along North Fifth Avenue in front of its facility the week of Aug. 16, staff said.

The pantry offers nonperishable food items and some fresh produce so people “can take all you need, give all you can,” per the movement’s motto.

“We added a little food pantry to the Y so we can be of service to the community,” said Gail Sumpter, YMCA of Sequim branch executive.

“We’ve been providing free meals to kids this summer, and we wanted another way we can provide food to those who may be in need in the community all year long,”

Some of the items available include fruit snacks, juices, crackers and canned foods.

Staff said community members can take what they need, and donate non-perishable items to the YMCA’s front desk. Donated food items must be unopened and not expired, staff added.

Fresh produce will be supplied by the Sequim Food Bank.

Sumpter said staff have planned to add the pantry for a few months, and Benji Astrachan with Washington State University’s Clallam County extension, provided them information, connections to other Little Free Pantry hosts, outreach materials, and a connection to the volunteer carpenter who built the pantry with materials that he’s either bought and donated himself or that we’ve gotten donated (mostly from Angeles Millwork and Lumber).

Throughout the summer, the YMCA offered free weekend breakfasts for children through a grant from the Nourishing Neighbors Breakfasts for Kids Program, and any remaining food from that program will go to after school snacks and to stock the pantry, Sumpter said.

YMCA of Sequim’s pantry joins others at: Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1033 N. Barr Road; St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (by the Community Organic Gardens of Sequim), 525 W. Fir St.; Sequim Valley Foursquare, 9090 Old Olympic Highway, at 425 N. Sunnyside Ave. (between Fir and Spruce Streets), at a private home at 1700 Carlsborg Road, inside the Sequim Free Clinic for clients at 777 N. Fifth Ave., and a home at 1371 Marine Drive.

To learn more about the YMCA’s food pantry, call the YMCA of Sequim at 360-477-4381.

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