Small but Mighty Effort

Generosity and compassion are in our DNA. The Holcomb’s exude the spirit of We Don’t Coast–helping to make this a place where we lift others up and help others over.

Little Free Pantry

Photo: Bill Sitzmann
Excerpt from the “Omaha: We Don’t Coast” magazine: omaha.com/chamber

The way Vicki Holcomb sees it, “It’s just people helping people.”

When she and husband Steve needed a new project, they opted for outreach, co-founding Little Free Pantry of Omaha. The concept is simple: a wooden box with shelves (which Steve assembles himself) is placed in a yard or neighborhood and filled with jars of peanut butter, cans of tuna, boxes of cereal and canned vegetables. A sign encourages visitors to Take what you need. Leave what you can.”

“This idea certainly isn’t about replacing any sort of food programs in the city,” Steve says. “But this is a way to eliminate any limitations someone might have to getting to those.”

Vicki first heard of Little Free Pantries when boxes started popping up in Arkansas more than a year ago. After placing their first pantry in April, the Holcombs, both real estate agents with CBSHome, say they were flooded with phone calls and emails from people who wanted a pantry in their yard or neighborhood. With five Little Free Pantries now in operation, Vicki says she isn’t surprised Omaha has embraced the idea: “The support has been overwhelming, but I’m not shocked. People in Omaha are very giving.”

 

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