By Tony Gonzalez
Hunger and necessity bring most people to The Little Pantry That Could — for the first time, at least.
But it's not just the free food that draws them back. Many come to just while away the better part of a day without picking up any food at all.
That's because food pantry founder Stacy Downey and her crew dole out something more than canned beans and sweet potatoes each Saturday from their church cellar, tucked into an alleyway off Charlotte Avenue.
There's eye contact, for one. And hugs — also free. And everyone gets along on a first name basis.
Downey says these are the essentials to creating a food pantry where no one feels shame when they show up for help. These are the little courtesies that some of the regulars — especially those who live on the streets — can't easily find anywhere else.
"I heard horror stories," Downey said. "People said, 'Oh I was a kid, I had to go to this food pantry. I was so embarrassed. It was terrible.' "
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