Dignity in personal care, addressing hygiene insecurity: The Discoveries Community Pantry

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Emerging from pandemic closures and working closely to help customers get their needs met in a time of stress, library staff opened the Community Pantry at Discoveries. Since July 2021, the pantry has distributed diapers, wipes, menstrual products and other hygiene supplies to over 65 families a week. Learn how we started, how its impacted our community and how you can scale a pantry at your location- no matter the size or type of your library.

About the Speaker:

Rachel Myers is manager of the Discoveries: the Library at the Mall branch of the Anne Arundel County Public Library System, located in Annapolis, MD.  As manager of Discoveries, Rachel oversees the Community Pantry at Discoveries that distributes diapers and menstrual products to over 60 families a week.

Rachel is a regular trainer for AACPL’s learning and development team and helped develop and teach AACPL’s year-long leadership institute. She has participated on the steering committee of multiple strategic plans. She has presented at the Public Library Association and Maryland Library Association Conferences, as well as the OrangeBoy Idea Exchange.

Rachel holds Master of Library and Information Studies degree from Florida State University.

By registering for this class, you are agreeing to the NNLM Code of Conduct

  • Determine if a community pantry could work for your community 
  • Determine how to scale a community project at your library 
Class Resources:
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Class Details

Date(s): February 28, 2023
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
Platform: Webex
CE Credits: 1.00
CE Categories: CHIS Level 1
This class is sponsored by Region 1.
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Class Contacts

Host/Instructor: Faith Steele
Technical Assistance: Rebecca Brown

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