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Glendale Library, Arts & Culture and Community Members Convert Little Free Libraries into Little Free Food Pantries

For Immediate Release

Post Date:03/26/2020 5:57 PM

Media Contact:
Eliza Papazian, Public Information Officer
(818) 548-4859 (direct)


Glendale Library, Arts & Culture and Community Members Convert Little Free Libraries into 
Little Free Food Pantries

Glendale, CA - The Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club, Glendale Latino Association, Kiwanis-Glendale and members of the community have partnered with Glendale Library, Arts, & Culture, a department of the City of Glendale, to convert several Little Free Libraries into Little Free Food Pantries during the current health crisis.

Located throughout Glendale, the flagship Little Free Food Pantry is located in front of Glendale City Hall, 613 East Broadway. Members of the community are encouraged to take a nonperishable item and leave a nonperishable item if they wish to take advantage of this program. The idea is to take what you need and give what you can.

Library Director Gary Shaffer stated, "All library staff are working extremely hard to convert all of our offerings to ones which are available 24/7, online. Still we wanted to be there even more for our community. That's when one of my colleagues, Guillermo Garcia, a board member of the Glendale Latino Association, suggested we do this."

Community members are reminded that after they take or leave an item they should close the pantry door and wash their hands or use hand sanitizer as soon as possible. While out to get these essential goods, social distancing is key -stay 6 feet away from other people. Individuals should also follow all safety guidelines for opening, eating, and storing any food items taken. A sign with safety guidance will be posted on each pantry. The Little Free Food Pantry project, has been headed up by long-time library staffer Joe Olivares. Olivares was instrumental in bringing many of the Little Free Libraries to Glendale in the first place. Community members who oversee other Little Free Libraries are encouraged to switch them over to Little Free Food Pantries. Shaffer said, "It seems like an amazing way for neighbors to build community in these interesting times." He added, "I feel so fortunate to work in such a great community as Glendale."

Little Free Food Pantry locations include:

  • Glendale City Hall
  • Mayor’s Bicentennial Park
  • Glorietta Park
  • Montrose Park
  • Verdugo Park
  • 1300 block of Sonora Ave
  • 1300 block of Truitt Street
  • 1800 block of Lake Street
  • 2200 block of Hollister Terrace
  • 3100 block of Pontiac Street



About Library, Arts & Culture

Glendale’s Library, Arts & Culture Department offers access to countless digital resources including eBooks and audiobooks, eNewspapers, eMagazines, online classes, online tutoring, and learning games, as well as streaming movies and music,. For more information call Library, Arts & Culture at 818-548-2021, visit our website, or search for the Library’s mobile app from your device’s app store. 


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