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Mosman’s Sharing Shelf Takes Off

The Mosman community has a new reason to be proud, thanks to a new initiative, the Sharing Shelf.

Stocked with food, household essentials, and magazines, the community street pantry is the brainchild of local resident, Maddy Godsell, along with her partner Matt.

Inspired by other street pantries on the North Shore, the ‘Sharing Shelf’ on Zahel Lane (behind Ourimbah Rd, near the BP) aims to address the rising cost of living based on the simple principle of “take what you need, leave what you can.”


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“Our goal is to reduce food waste and provide needed essentials to those in the community who may be doing it tough right now,” says Maddy.

While some people might be thinking this kind of initiative isn’t a necessity in affluent Mosman, it had been completely emptied out within 24 hours of launching on social media, including our own Mosman Living Facebook group.

Luckily, our generous community rushed to fill the shelves again.

While the cupboard is designed to help those in need, Maddy emphasises the goal is to also reduce food waste, and is talking to local businesses about how they can also contribute.

“We have been in conversation with local business about collecting food donations from them, this will hopefully be up and running next week,” says Maddy.

“Come by anytime and grab what you would like. The Sharing Shelf is completely anonymous, you don’t have to be doing it tough to help reduce food waste.”

It’s moments like these that show the incredible spirit of our community. So, if you’re in the Zahel Lane area, stop by the Sharing Shelf. Take what you need, and if you’re able, consider leaving a donation to help keep it stocked.

Well done, Maddy and Matt, for this fantastic initiative.

Follow Maddy and the Sharing Shelf here: @thesharingshelf_

Images: Instagram, Mosman Living Facebook Group.