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Oshawa man builds outdoor food pantry for those in need

Derrick Webber has built a pantry in front of his house to provide free food for people in need. (Photo by Courtney Bachar)

By Courtney Bachar/The Oshawa Express/LJI Reporter

COVID-19 has brought with it a lot of challenges.

More and more families are struggling as the pandemic has caused businesses to close, people have lost their jobs, and there has been an increase in the number of people in need of food and other basic necessities.

Oshawa resident Derrick Webber knew he wanted to help in some way, and the best way he knew how was to try and help feed the hungry.

After hearing of similar initiatives in Toronto and other cities, Webber built a wooden pantry in front of his house and filled it with food.

The pantry is painted blue with the words, “Give what you can, take what you need” written on the front and a sign on top reads, “Little Free Pantry.”

It’s filled with everything from soup and other canned goods, to rice, pasta, cereal and more.

Webber says because of the amount of donations people have dropped off, it won’t all fit in the pantry and he has had to store it in a separate box.

“The response has been great,” he says, adding the pantry has been outside for about three weeks so far.

“We have overflow donations inside our house and outside in a storage box.”

He says the food is there for anyone and everyone.

Anyone interested in donating, or those who need a helping hand with their groceries can visit the Little Free Pantry in front of Webber’s house, located at 222 Vancouver St. in Oshawa.

“No questions asked,” he says.