No one likes the idea of people going hungry in America. But when in comes to helping those in need, a lot of us don't know where to start or what we can do.
If there's a food drive going around, we all end up buying the same soups and canned goods as everybody else and the people in need are still missing vital nutrients sundries to help them get by.
Luckily, Jessica McClard of Fayetteville, Arkansas thought of a brilliant, simple solution. She created a little neighborhood cupboard. It's just an ordinary cupboard, nothing fancy, and it's filled with food and necessities. Since it's not huge, it didn't cost her too much to fill it and it encourages others to leave goods. Holding everything from bread to hand soap, anyone can take what they need, no questions asked. And anyone can leave something they think people might find helpful.
People loved the cupboards and were so inspired, other cupboards started popping up in different locations. How can you walk past the little display of sundries and not want to contribute yourself? It's genius in it's simplicity. You don't have to worry about giving to a charity where you don't know where the money goes or trying to find the right food bank. You just put out food and goods in a nice neighborhood box, costing you little time and money, but helping a person in need.
Little Free Pantry posted some great shops of the variety of cupboards popping up.
Now that the Little Cupboard trend has broken out of Fayetteville, it's time for it to take over the nation. Get a little group together and start one for your neighborhood. A number of churches and charity groups have sponsored their own and it's such an easy way to give back.
These stories are so important to hear because it's all too easy to think that any small thing we do will never make a difference. But even just a cupboard and a loaf of bread can ease someones hardships and make the world better a little bit at a time.