Community pantry pays it forward

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Bunbury Community Garden member Helen Bennett does a stocktake on the garden's new community cupboard.
Camera IconBunbury Community Garden member Helen Bennett does a stocktake on the garden's new community cupboard. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

A group of generous green thumbs have planted the seed for others to pay it forward with a community cupboard open to all.

Bunbury Community Garden members have set up the self-help pantry and the concept is blossoming.

The concept works on the notion of taking something and replacing the item with something else of need, but member Helen Bennett says there is no expectations for those in real need.

“It’s a combination, it’s for the community to just use and pay it forward and take what they need and give back what they can,” Mrs Bennett said. “But it’s also for those people in need.”

The cupboard is often stocked with non-perishable items and food, toiletries, fresh herbs and vegetables straight from the garden and it even has a seed library.

Bunbury Community Garden member Helen Bennett does a stocktake on the garden’s new community cupboard.
Camera IconBunbury Community Garden member Helen Bennett does a stocktake on the garden’s new community cupboard. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

Mrs Bennett said the group was hopeful people would do the right thing and that community members in need would feel comfortable in utilising the cupboard.

“People should feel quite happy to come and take some of the produce and stuff that’s in the cupboard,” she said.

“If they’re not in need, take something from the cupboard by all means, but put something else in ... if you’re in need, we don’t expect anything in return, just take what you need, that’s what it’s there for.”

Mrs Bennett said like the garden, the cupboard was about bringing the community together.

The cupboard is open to the community during the Withers Community Library hours.

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails