A New Jersey man has spontaneously run a free food pantry to provide food to anyone who needs it, given the pressure the new crown pandemic is on communities across the country,media BGR reported. Barney Corrigan, 42, started delivering food from a cupboard in front of his house, but soon received a large donation that led him to turn his garage into a food pantry.
According to WPVI, Corrigan initially placed a canned shelf on his doorstep and a sign letting people know the food was free. Soon after, his idea became a full-fledged food pantry, which now occupies his garage.
After the community noticed what Corrigan had done, they began donating their food to others who might need it. Soon after, Corrigan found himself receiving “too many donations” and had to expand into his garage. He also began receiving money donations through Venmo and The Cash App, which he used to keep the storeroom fully supplied.
Now Corrigan has told passers-by through a sign that reads “Barney’s Place Food Pantry” that this is where they can get food for free. Corrigan opens every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for those in need to bring home food for free.
“The biggest benefit I get from talking to people,” Corrigan told NJ.com. “They told me their stories about why they were in this situation, and they took their children with them. It makes me happy all week. “
Incredibly, while Corrigan’s garage is currently a good food pantry, he may eventually have to find somewhere else to store his growing inventory. He has now received a large donation and says he has thought about trying to find a bigger place to store all the food and supplies.