1. Build a Little Free Pantry
There are no organizational requirements re: design, but offer your host site design input. Build or purchase a box, repurpose furniture, use an old newspaper vending box. Call your project whatever you would like!
Feel free to replicate the pilot (resource includes design, cut and build plans!) Or build a structure suited to your aesthetic preference and needs. Googling "Little Free Library plans" yields lots of content, including specs. If your LFP will be on another's property, share your plans with the property owner for his or her approval.
If you're not inclined to build from scratch, have a look at these no-build options.
Or - borrow from the idea of how to turn a newspaper vending box into a little free library.
Maybe you want to jazz up your mini by installing a solar light - here's how!
Lastly, plan against vandalism on your mini pantry.
2. Stock the Little Free Pantry
The original LFP is stocked organically. Those who wish to contribute may do so at their discretion when convenient. Demand outpaces supply, so the LFP is often empty. However, empty shelves are problematic only if no one is contributing. At that point, you might want to organize a group of friends, neighbors, co-workers, church-goers. Thirty of these could be assigned a day of the month to contribute, for example. Please note that irregular supply is an effective control keeping both consumption and traffic manageable. Irregular supply minimizes loitering as well.
What should I stock?
Encourage your contributors to stock according to need. Discourage sharps (razors), chemicals, previously worn clothing (which adds bulk), or anything illegal. Generally, canned vegetables and proteins, personal care items, and paper goods go fast. Kid-friendly non-perishables, crayons, and inexpensive party favor items are great.
If your stock does not turn over frequently, monitor cans for bulging and leaking, especially during extreme temperatures. Also, if your LFP will be stocked organically, you won't always be able to control what's inside. However, a daily site visit will allow you to maintain a safe, neat space.
Here is some stock inspiration from othe LFP's around the world:
What do I do if my mini pantry is empty?
This is common! Read our guidance here.