›› Carmelle Lauren
Located at 1921 Fernwood Road, this new community resource seeks to address food and health inequity by creating a network of mutual aid and community care.
The library functions in the same way as the little free libraries around the neighbourhood, but contains food and wellness supplies instead of books. Having a self-serve access point allows people to access free support, on their own terms. Removing both financial and social barriers to meeting their needs. It also allows community members to make direct contributions easily.
The library currently stocks fresh and packaged foods, hydration, harm reduction supplies, body care products, vitamins, supplements, herbal medicine, pain relief, menstrual supplies, zines, and more!
How it works:
- Take a product, leave a product
- Access free supplies when in need
- Donate food and care supplies for your neighbours
- Become a monthly financial donor to keep the library well stocked
A note for donating products: Please only donate unopened products in original packaging. If you are a medicine maker and/or DIY contributor please make sure ingredients and directions for use are well marked and self-seal with tape or similar.
Who is this for?
Anyone and everyone is welcome to access free supplies at any time that suits them! While we establish steady contribution streams, we ask that if you have financial means to please make a donation back in a spirit of reciprocity, so that we can keep a healthy stock for those who cannot pay at this time.
The goal is to get 50 community members to sign up to donate $5 to $10 per month for a six month pilot period. For more information on the project and how to donate visit carmellelauren.com/wellness-library.