Bring what you have and take what you need is the philosophy behind the new community food pantry in Clyde.

Clyde and Districts Lions Club member Kate Whyte said she was taking vegetables from her garden into the Alexandra community pantry and it occurred to her there could be one in Clyde too.

Fellow club member Sue Noble-Adams said while there were people in Clyde who struggled to buy food there were also a lot of people who had gardens and grew far more than they could eat. Other people could afford basic food but had nothing left for any extras that might elevate their meals.

The idea grew and on Tuesday Lions club members put the final touches to the pantry at the corner of McMurray Pl and Shields St. They built the pantry with donated and reused materials and members put the first groceries on the shelves. However, their intention is the community will stock it and use it.