Every time I see a Little Free Library, I take a picture. I think they're one of the greatest things ever, especially the one someone built a few houses away from my boys' high school. I'm sure it's saved many a teenager who, upon seeing it on the way to school, realized he forgot to bring in the book for that upcoming book report.

Inspired by the Little Free Library, a Little Free Pantry movement is happening across the United States. Described as a "grassroots, crowd-sourced solution to immediate and local need," the pantries allow neighbors to give to those in their community or take food for free as needed.

Some people make special boxes just for the pantries. Others repurpose an already-existing item. Either way, these boxes help fight hunger and show neighborly love. And they are often decorated to make them even more appealing. Take a look at some of the ways people cleverly create or place a Little Free Pantry, or in some instances, a Little Free Library/Pantry combo.

Stunning mosaic doors


Double the generosity


Spreading sunshine


On a college campus


Putting a little daily bread in a bread box


Inside a pre-school


Groovy artistic flair


At the playground


Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

8 clever Little Free Pantries
Inspired by the Little Free Library project, these "take what you need, leave what you can" boxes are filled with food instead of books.