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A well-stocked pantry

Little Free Pantries have new home at ACE, Fuller Hall

— Daily Freeman-Journal photos by Anne Blankenship Lindsay Henderson, community vitality director, and Hamilton County Supervisor Rick Young, check out the supplies in the Little Free Pantry at Fuller Hall Monday afternoon. The pantry was installed by employees of Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation.

Two new Little Free Pantries were installed at All Cultures Equal and Fuller Hall Monday afternoon, in a project sponsored by the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation and Iowa Select Farms.

The colorful pantry boxes are designed for children and families and are filled with easy-to-prepare snacks and meals.

“Or if there is an emergency need, if food pantries are closed,” said Allyson Ladd with Iowa Select Farms. She was in Webster City Monday afternoon for the unveiling of the pantries.

“These are the third and fourth pantries that have been installed,” she said. The organization has plans to install about 10 of the pantries in Central Iowa communities. The boxes will be stocked by Iowa Select Farms employees who live in the community.

The pantry boxes feature the artwork of Ray “Bubba” Sorenson, the artist behind the Freedom Rock project. Sorenson painted the pantries, and each depicts scenes unique to the community where they are installed. The ACE pantry features one panel highlighting the community’s diversity and the flags of many nations on display at ACE.

Kathy Vaughn, executive director of All Cultures Equal and Rachael Waters of Iowa Select Farms look at the artwork on the Little Free Pantry installed at ACE Monday. The pantry box features the artwork by Ray “Bubba” Sorenson, the artist who responsble for the Freedom Rock project. The pantry features snacks, easy-to-prepare meals, first aid items and other necessities. Iowa Select Farms employees will keep the pantries stocked.

On Monday, the Little Free Pantries were stocked with soups, crackers, snack food items, first aid items, toothbrushes and even diapers. Ladd said the local employees will have gift cards to keep the pantries filled. The box at Fuller Hall is located on the southwest corner of the building, and at ACE, the pantry was placed near the display of flags.

Kathy Vaughn, executive director of ACE, Lindsay Henderson, community vitality director, and Rick Young, Hamilton County Supervisor, were on hand for the unveiling. Several representatives of Iowa Select Farms — Ladd, Gerhardt Badenhorst, Rachael Waters, Chris Nydegger, Zach Schumacher, Philip Jass and Alexandria Jass – were also present for the event.

— Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Anne Blankenship Gerhardt Badenhorst and Rachael Waters, both Iowa Select Farms employees, load up the Little Free Pantry at All Cultures Equal.

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