Phone box transformed into free-to-use larder for struggling community
With food and other essentials hard to come by, this is a lifeline for some
The village of Muthill, in Perth and Kinross, has turned an unused red phone box into a community larder. This is to help those struggling to get food and other items through the lockdown.
Home to just 675 people, Muthill relies almost entirely on a small independent store in the middle of the village. With demand greater than ever thanks to the lockdown, and people on unpaid leave from work, it has been difficult for everyone to get what they need.
Corrina Robertson, a furloughed garage worker from the village, along with a friend, took the decision to stock the disused red phone box with essential items for members of the community to come and take as they please. Everything from fresh produce to tinned goods and toiletries are available – as well as books and jigsaws to keep people occupied.
Since it was first stocked on 9 April, the response has been excellent, with people taking what they need and dropping off things that they don't. The local pub even donated chocolate lollies to the kids for Easter, leaving them in the phone box.
Corrina said, “The village have pulled together and put in stuff, and there’s been tremendous community spirit. Nobody knows everyone’s circumstances and not everyone is in a great financial position so it’s give what you want, take what you need and leave what you don’t. It’s for the whole of the village.”
She added “If it spreads a bit of joy in the times we are in then that’s great.”