East Austin’s Little Free Pantry destroyed after truck plows through


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A series of unfortunate events isn’t going to stop Jenny Lorraine from helping out her neighbors. She’s already looking for ways to rebuild a Little Free Pantry she set up in her front yard after a truck that’s out of control plowed through it Thursday morning. 

“I jumped from the chair,” Lorraine said about the moment she heard the crash. “He didn’t even stop. It was so loud.”

Lorraine said a truck spun out on Cameron Road. It almost hit a woman and came crashing into her yard. The truck knocked over the pantry, a fire hydrant and a speed limit sign and kept on driving. 

This happened just days after a man was caught on camera destroying the pantry.

“He had taken everything out of the pantry and smashed it all,” Lorraine said about the Sunday incident. 

Lorraine set up the pantry last summer. The pantry encourages people to take what they need or give what they can.

After it was vandalized Sunday, Lorraine said she received a message from a stranger. 

“She just wanted to thank me because when she was homeless a couple months ago, she was able to get a meal for her kid and a sweater for herself, and now they have their own apartment,” Lorraine said.

She believes Thursday’s crash was truly an accident. She said, she will be rebuilding the pantry.

“I’m looking forward to building another one,” she said.

If you would like to help, you can donate here

Lorraine believes the truck was found later about a mile away. Austin Police have not confirmed that for us yet. They said they’re investigating. 

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