Little Free Pantry at the Franklin Branch of the Johnson County Public Library

Part of the Johnson County Public Library’s mission is to connect people with resources. To further that mission JCPL has launched a Little Free Pantry at the Franklin Branch. We ask that people take what they need and donate what they will. Built by a JCPL employee, on his own time, the pantry is located in front of the branch and is available anytime.

No library funds are used to stock the pantry. Donations from the people of our community keep the pantry stocked. If you wish to donate supplies, drop them off inside the Franklin branch at the circulation desk, 401 State Street, Franklin during the branch’s regular hours.

Food must be:

  • Store-bought and packaged
  • Non-perishable
  • Individually wrapped or unopened containers
  • Undented canned goods (pop-tops preferred)
  • Labeled
  • Unexpired
Examples of acceptable donations:
  • Clean, plastic, disposable eating utensils wrapped or in a clean baggie
  • Plastic clean containers for food storage or eating from, wrapped or in baggies
  • Can openers
  • Laundry detergent
  • Packaged, store-bought bed sheets, all sizes

    o Loose blankets and sheets will not be accepted at this time

  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Pet food
  • Baked beans
  • Beverages in cans, plastic bottles, or powder
  • Broth (vegetable, beef)
  • Cereal (boxed, bag, cup)
  • Cheese crackers
  • Chicken or tuna, in can or pouch
  • Dinty Moore complete microwave meals
  • Fruit in cups or can
  • Graham crackers
  • Hash
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Jell-O
  • Jelly in a plastic bottle
  • Jerky, pepperoni bits
  • Mac N Cheese in cups or boxed
  • Meat in a can (Vienna sausage, chili)
  • Nuts
  • Oatmeal
  • Pancake mix, add only water
  • Pasta in a can (ravioli, Spaghettio’s, etc.)
  • Pasta in boxes, bags
  • Pasta sauce (glass jars)
  • Peanut butter crackers
  • Peanut butter in a plastic jar
  • Pudding
  • Raisins
  • Rice
  • Snack bars, protein bars, fruit bars
  • Soup (chunky, hearty, meat) in a cup or can
  • Toaster pastries
  • Vegetables in cans

Additional Food Assistance Resources

Michelle's Little Free Pantry, Inc.