This pantry is at the Civic Media Center, outside in the courtyard. The pantry is accessible during the day every day but the wooden door to the courtyard gets locked at night. Anybody can use the pantry! It holds free menstrual products, like pads and tampons, and sometimes menstrual cups.
The Civic Media Center is an alternative library, reading room and info shop. They are a community based non-profit organization that serves as a resource for progressive grassroots organizing, activism, and public awareness in Gainesville.
In Summer 2021, the Planned Parenthood Gainesville LAT/Volunteer Team decided to build an outside pantry for period products! At first, we thought of maybe a bookshelf, but then that wouldn’t be weather-proof. Somebody mentioned Little Free Libraries and that style of outdoor pantry was what we all decided on. Building for this pantry began in late summer / beginning of fall - September and October. Volunteers built two pantries - one large and one small. The smaller pantry lives at the Civic Media Center, and the larger one is still looking for a home.