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 started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.