Garden City family helps ’50 to 60′ people a day with free pantry

A family in Garden City is working hard to keep their “blessing box” filled with necessities for those in need.

A blessing box is a free pantry filled with non-perishable food, hygiene products, baby supplies, and more.

“We service about 50 to 60 people a day,” said Elizabeth Freeman, the founder of Elmwood Blessing Box in Garden City.

Freeman, who works for Section 8 Housing, knows the feeling of being in need all too well, she said. She started the pantry in April 2023; the project has been extra personal for her.

“I utilized food pantries and other community resources a lot before I met my husband,” Freeman continued. “It was so hard, with two young children, just getting the help you needed.”

Freeman and her husband initially funded the initiative by setting aside $50 a week for the pantry.

“There’s people that are struggling that work long hours and

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