Soehl Middle School has converted its Little Free Libraries to “Little Free Pantries” during this time of difficulties for so many families.

The Little Free Libraries have stood at the school – one on the Elm Street side and one on the Henry Street side – for about year. Students and community members were encouraged to share books through the public boxes.

Now, instead of books, the boxes will contain non-perishable food items for those in need.

“These are such uncertain times right now and I wanted to find a way that our school can help,” said Soehl Principal Isabella Scocozza. “It is becoming increasingly difficult to purchase food and many residents are uncomfortable frequenting stores during this time. The Little Free Pantries are a great way to provide non-perishable food and goods to our Linden community.

Scocozza said that Soehl teachers have been eager to help keep the pantries stocked, but everyone is invited to help out.

“Residents are encouraged to take what they need or to give what they have to our Little Free Pantries at Soehl Middle School,” she said. “The Little Free Libraries have been and will continue to be such a wonderful addition to our school and community.”

In addition to the pantries, Linden Public Schools continue to distribute grab-and-go lunches every weekday to any student in the district who needs one. They are available for pick-up between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Linden High School’s Ainsworth Street entrance, School No. 5′s rear entrance, and School No. 2′s main entrance on 17th Street.