The Riceville Little Free Pantry is Officially Unveiled

posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2019


Since the very beginning of our community giving efforts, we've witnessed first-hand how the littlest of gestures can provide big support to a family or child in need.

This is why the Iowa Select Farms employees and contractors of Mitchell and Howard county have unveiled the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation’s Little Free Pantry.

Located next to the Riceville Library, the pantry provides 24/7 access for families and children facing short-term, emergency situations.

These pantries are designed to supplement existing hunger relief efforts by offering emergency resources like snacks, warm hats and mittens, diapers and children's care products.

Riceville-area employees will care for and stock the pantry. Iowa Select Farm employee, Lloyd D Snell's wife, Terry, quilted nearly 50 blankets for the program.

The Riceville Little Free Pantry was built by Philip Jass—a talented furniture maker and wood craftsman from Alden, Iowa. He's also the husband of Cassandra Jass, DVM and Director of Production Well-Being for Iowa Select Farms.

The pantry was painted by Ray “Bubba” Sorensen, The Freedom Rock artist. Bubba was commissioned by the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation to handpaint the three sides with child-inspired images of farm animals, rural landscapes and community landmarks, celebrating the connection between farming and strong communities. #HomegrownIowa