Sometimes shelves are empty before the next paycheck comes along and for some, knowing where their next meal is coming from is a challenge.
The Little Free Pantry can be a comfort to those in need, and Black Hills FOX Reporter Katrina Lim introduces us to a woman who has opened her heart to fill the bellies of those in need.
April Veley says, "My first person that came in, she cried and gave me a hug and it made me feel like I did something for a purpose. I wasn't being selfish. I was giving it forward."
April Veley opened her own Little Free Pantry inside her fiance's store on East Saint Patrick Street.
During business hours, Down Ohm Vapors welcomes anyone to whatever is in the fridge or on the shelves, including eggs, milk, potatoes, apples, and much more.
Katrina Lim says, "Veley tries to restock this fridge and freezer whenever supplies are low, and for some families, ((NATS, bag opening)), it's been a lifesaver where they can get what they need and not be judged."
Tifani Salwei works a full time job to feed her family of five, but sometimes she just needs a little help.
Tifani Salwei says, "It's amazing. I mean the different resources that are out here are great, but I mean you get one little thing of meat and that has to last you 30 to 60 days and you get all the canned food and you don't want that. With a bigger family it's better to get stuff you know you can make dinners with and give them lunches and not just little things to get you by for the weekend."
Veley got the idea for her pantry after the first one popped up in North Rapid.
April Veley says, "And ever since I saw it, I've wanted to help out the community and do something to give back. I try to teach my kids it's always better to give back than it is to receive."
Veley also has a plastic cupboard filled with dry and canned goods on her fence at 1620 Jolly Lane in the Valley.
April Veley says, "It makes me feel really good because I have five kids of my own that live in my house and to just have noodles to eat or cereal or something like that, that's not nutritious and for them to have a healthy meal, not wonder where their next meal is coming from."
Although Veley works hard to stock both the fridge at Ohm Vapors and her cupboard at home, she invites people to donate as well, including food and hygiene products such as laundry detergent and toothpaste.