A PROGRAM OF THE DEB AND JEFF HANSEN FOUNDATION
In 2019, the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation introduced the Little Free Pantry pilot project targeting children and families.
The Deb and Jeff Hansen Little Free Pantry provides 24/7 access for families facing short-term, emergency situations. These pantries are designed to supplement existing hunger relief efforts by offering emergency resources to families who do not have the ability to buy food or have limited access to pantries or community shelters.
The Riceville Little Free Pantry was built by Phil Jass—a furniture maker and wood craftsman from Alden, Iowa— and painted by Ray “Bubba” Sorensen, Freedom Rock Artist. Bubba was commissioned by the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation to hand paint the three sides with child inspired images of farm animals, rural landscapes and community landmarks, celebrating the connection between farming and strong communities.
The Riceville Little Free Pantry will be stocked and cared for by the employees and farm families of Iowa Select Farms. Items providing critical care and food needs for community children will be the highest priority and will include winter clothing, personal care items, non-perishable foods and other care products for infants, toddlers and children.
The Riceville Little Free Pantry is a unique addition to the current Haul Out Hunger, Powersnack, Henry’s Heroes and Operation Christmas Meal programs operated by the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation. All five programs are in place to relieve hunger in the communities of Iowa Select Farms.
The Riceville Little Free Pantry will be cared for by the 98 employees and farm families in Mitchell and Howard county.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE RICEVILLE LITTLE FREE PANTRY, PLEASE CONTACT:
Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation
Iowa Select Farms