›› 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.