Indianapolis Free Pantry

INDIANAPOLIS — A group of volunteers launched the next steps on Tuesday for a service project on the south side of Indy aimed at addressing food insecurity.

Members of the FFA, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, erected a Little Free Pantry in front of a house on Auburn Road.

It’s like the take-a-book-leave-a-book boxes where people can pass out books. However, instead of the latest bestseller, residents can trade food items.

The FFA kicked off the project at a conference in October, building more than 100 of the boxes to be placed in central Indiana counties. The group began the planting process at the home of the first woman to request a pantry.

“I was like, ‘I have to participate in this. I have to get on it. I didn’t hear anything, so I’m like, ‘Okay, maybe I didn’t get approved.’ I know there were so many. But when I got approved, I was like a kid in a candy store. I was so excited. It was like Christmas Day for me,” said Lisa Miles, the owner where the box was erected.

The new pantry keeper says she had a box like this outside her house, but it was vandalized and torn down. She says she is thrilled to once again play a role in service to her community.

If you would like to request a free pantry for your home, you can do so by going to

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