Essential Services Hero
Lynn Ehmen is a mother of four from Springfield and a member of the Springfield Families Helping Families (SFHF) Facebook group. The group helps connect people in need by linking them with people who may be able to help. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Lynn started to see an overwhelming demand for food deliveries within her Facebook group. She wanted to make the process easier for families and began volunteering to fulfill requests.
Lynn raised nearly $20,000 dollars to create a total of 30 micro-pantries. Each pantry looks like a tiny house and is set up like a neighborhood library, except instead of books it’s filled with food. The micro-pantries are open 24/7 with no paperwork necessary to receive food, allowing for anonymous pickup.
As a result of the pandemic, many families have found themselves out of work and struggling financially. These families often do not have access to traditional food pantries, inspiring Lynn to create a resource that anyone could access and avoid food insecurity. She continues to work to expand the program and started a community garden at Washington Middle School last year. The garden continues to grow, and produce is donated to the micro-pantries.