Moms Doing What Moms Do Start Pop-Up Pantry To Help Families In Need
When they heard that people were suffering in their community, they jumped into action.
A group of women in Annapolis, MD is proving that when the going gets tough, you can always count on moms to get things done.
When a member of their community passed away from Covid-19, that was the motivation for residents Diana Love and Amy Marshall to take over an unrented AirBnB as a pop-up food pantry to help the people who need it most.
"We learned that there is so much need, particularly in the Hispanic community, because they don't have stimulus checks or unemployment or any safety net," Love told WBAL-TV.
The pop-up AirBnB food pantry is filled with groceries for families in need. Diana Evans Love/Facebook
The moms started gathering donations and soon every room of the house was filled with food items, books, diapers and baby clothes.
"The kitchen is full of pantry items, both refrigerators are full of perishables, so it's pretty remarkable," Marshall said.
The women are calling their project the West Annapolis Pop Up Pantry (WAPP), and along with other moms in the community, they're doing weekly deliveries to families who are struggling to make ends meet during the crisis. Once the pantry empties out, more donations come in.
Moms from all walks of life have joined the mission to help their community's most vulnerable residents. Diana Evans Love/Facebook
And, because they're moms, each delivery is tailored to a family's specific needs. For instance, if a child has a peanut allergy, they know not to include peanut butter.
The moms have partnered with local businesses to provide fresh produce and hot meals to over 300 families. They're also collecting books for children whose access to online learning is limited.
The moms have partnered with local businesses to give hot meals to families that are struggling during the pandemic. Diana Evans Love/Facebook
Marshall and Love have been sharing updates on their social media pages about what they're doing, and new volunteers are signing up to help daily.
"If men have a band of brothers then we have a brigade of moms, and they are awesome!" Love wrote in a recent Facebook post.
Diana Love and friends have partnered with local business owners to gather and prepare donations like chicken and rice. Diana Evans Love/Facebook
So far, the community has come through with plenty of donations to keep the pantry going, which is exactly what Love and Marshall are hoping to do, even after the coronavirus crisis has passed.
"It's all the things you want to have in your neighborhood, in your community and in your life. To me it's very beautiful," Love said.