When Jessica McClard of Fayetteville, Arkansas, put a wooden cupboard outside of a Lutheran church, she didn’t really know what to expect.

The avid runner and lover of books often took advantage of a Little Free Library box she passed each day. The take-a-book, leave-a-book approach is something that has been adopted in cities around the world, which got McClard thinking.

 What if the same principle could be used to provide those in need with food and other essentials? She couldn’t get the idea out of her head, so she decided to go for it by building what she called a “pilot box” to test the waters.

The box was built especially for this project.

especially for this project.