MEET & GREET: Taylor Henley
Founder, Tulsa’s first Little Free Pantry Project
Tulsa is home to a few Little Free Pantries, but Taylor Henley’s was the first. She would like to open more LFPs at other locations.
Name: Taylor Henley
Occupation: Administrative assistant at Lambrusco’z
Why you should know her: Henley founded Tulsa’s first Little Free Pantry Project at 1018 W. 23rd St. in November 2016. The unmanned pantry is open 24 hours a day, relies on donated food and other items, and operates via “the honor system.” It is sponsored by Lambrusco’z.
Henley, on building a free food pantry in a food desert: People in the neighborhood who don’t have access to a vehicle can only get food from QuikTrip. We encourage people to keep the pantry stocked with things people can cook for dinner, like pasta and sauce.
On the pantry’s accessibility: You can go absolutely anytime and put your donation in or grab something you need.
On meeting community needs: The target for the pantry is anyone with a need, which is most any one at certain times; you don’t have to prove you need help or explain why you do.
On the gratification of giving: When you donate something to the pantry, you know it is going into the hands of someone in need within hours, if not minutes.
Visit littlefreepantryprojecttulsa.com for details.