Since 2009, the number of little free libraries has grown to more than 100,000. When the pandemic emerged in the U.S., people who share books on a small-scale, the stewards of little free libraries, saw a new need.
Adding food and other supplies suddenly transformed many of their tiny library boxes into tiny free pantries. Now anyone who has a "sharing box" can add their location to an interactive online map to connect those in need with those who want to give. Usually, little free libraries are stocked by their owners, but some report that total strangers secretly added canned food to their libraries at night. All food is usually gone within a day.