There are now 18 micro pantries, most of them in the Will County or southwest suburban region.
The Will County Health Department at 501 Ella Avenue in Joliet (parking lot is off Neal Avenue) is the home of the latest micro pantry, designed to allow anonymous food pick-up for those in need, and a drop-off point for those who wish to help.
Any resident is welcome to stop by the approximately four-by-three feet (two feet deep) wooden box, with a protective door and three shelves. Inside are non-perishable foods, and other common necessities such as diapers for babies. The sign on both the front and side says, “Take what you need, leave what you can.”
This whole initiative began back in December of 2016, behind the leadership of Jeff Eberhard from E-Z Auto Sales at 313 S. Larkin Ave. in Joliet.
Read The Herald-News story about how Eberhard began the micro pantries: http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2017/10/31/b58803cf92b24a0db77e773bcaafac35/index.xml.