By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Nov 09, 2020 at 6:32 PM

What started out as a single shelf of food for people in need has now turned into a community food sharing site called "Food Is Free." It's located on a parking slab in the alley at 56th and Townsend Streets in Sherman Park.

The pantry is located Emma Toth's backyard. Toth runs it with her partner, Samantha Jansen,  with help from her 7-year-old daughter.

The pantry is open 24/7 for people to take or leave food. Toth is usually there daily between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

"We rely solely on a 'take what you need, give what you don’t' approach to stocking our food pantry, harvest-sharing shelf and community fridge," says Toth.

Food is Free is a worldwide movement growing community and food. The first Food is Free garden was planted in 2012 in Austin, Tex. and today there are more than 350 sites worldwide. Read more here

For more information, go to the "Food Is Free" Facebook page or just stop by. 




Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.

As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.

She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that. 

Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.

Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.

In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!

When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.