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Halloween: It's all about the candy. But to Grassroots North Tonawanda it's about canned goods

Trick or treating for The Little Free Pantries
Posted at 11:41 PM, Oct 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-28 23:41:41-04

NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — They didn't knock on doors for candy. They collected food, door to door, for The Little Free Pantries. The community group Grassroots North Tonawanda organized about 50 volunteers who gathered canned goods throughout North Tonawanda. The Little Free Pantries are small pantries scattered throughout North Tonawanda where those in need can take food free of embarrassment and lines.

"Them being able to have a place and go and just grab something and leave without being embarrassed or ashamed. It was just something I wanted to be a part of," said Stephanie Barmann, the president of Grassroots North Tonawanda.

She said she organized this effort because she believes in the power of the Little Free Pantries and the spirit of North Tonawanda.

"Every single person that volunteered today for North Tonawanda and the people in it. That's why they give their time. It wasn't easy for any of our teams. You have to gather. You have to have a chaser car. You have to do so much work. Nobody would do that unless they really loved the city and the people in it," said Barmann.

"North Tonawanda has a huge heart and it certainly shows with things like this," said Zach Niemiec, a volunteer.