The Nacogdoches Farmers Market has opened Buckley's Free Pantry.  It's in Nacogdoches at The Old Hitch Lot where you normally find the Farmers Market set up at 107 Pearl Street.

It was put there to address the shame that sometimes accompanies need in our community. You are asked to only take what you need, and give what you can. It is truly neighbors helping neighbors.

It got its name as a memorial to "Buckley" who was a champion of the Nacogdoches Farmers Market and helped bring it back with Tracy and Merci Nicklas.

How To Help Stock Buckley's Free Pantry in Nacogdoches, Texas

Some food pantries are more like service providers. They call the people that use their services "clients". This one is taking a drastically different approach to help those that might otherwise fall through the cracks, as it not only provides food but other household and essential items.

There are no applications to fill out to receive items from the little pantry. Take what you need on the honor system, and put items in the pantry the same way. 

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Don't place anything in the pantry that needs refrigeration. Here is a list of ideas for items to put inside this little pantry.


  • Canned Meat/Fish
  • Nut Or Seed Butters
  • Shelf Stable Cheese
  • Jerky/Beef Sticks
  • Nuts Or Nut Mixes
  • Protein Bars

Fruits And Vegetables 

  • Apple Sauce
  • Fruit Sauce
  • Dried Fruits
  • Canned Fruits
  • Fruit Leather
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Baby Food
  • Onions
  • Potatoes

Grains And Bread

  • Pasta
  • Tortillas
  • Rice
  • Dry Or Canned Beans
  • Cereal
  • Granola Bars
  • Crackers
  • Rice Cakes
  • Flour
  • Cornmeal
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Rolled Oats


  • Shelf Stable Milk Products
  • Almond Or Soy Milk
  • Powdered Milk
  • Evaporated Milk
  • Water Bottles
  • Juice Boxes
  • Tea Bags
  • Coffee

Pet Items

  • Cat Food
  • Cat Litter
  • Dog Food
  • Dog Treats

Canned/Boxed Goods

  • Soups
  • Broth
  • Chili
  • SpaghettiO's
  • Ravioli Heat And Eat Meals
  • Ramen
  • Cup O' Noodles
  • Macaroni And Cheese
  • Instant Potatoes


  • Wrapped Plastic Silverware
  • Trash Bags
  • Dish Soap
  • Laundry Soap
  • Paper Towels
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Baggies
  • Can Openers
  • Socks (all sizes)

Other Food Items

  • Salt
  • Cooking Oil
  • Baking Powder
  • Sugar
  • Spices
  • Sauces
  • Sauce Packets
  • Gravy Mix
  • Dressings
  • Mayonnaise
  • Cookies
  • Jelly
  • Cake Mixes

Baby Items

  • Diapers
  • Baby Wipes
  • Formula
  • Baby Food
  • Diaper Rash Cream
  • Baby Shampoo
  • Toddler Snacks/Puffs


  • Soap
  • Toothbrushes
  • Dental Floss
  • Deodorant
  • Pads/Tampons
  • Toilet Paper
  •  Wipes
  • Shampoo
  • Lip Balm
  • Kleenex
  • Band-Aids
  • Depends
  • Lip Balm


  • Bubbles
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Playdough
  • Individually Bagged Treats
  • Pencils
  • Note Pads

Do Not Leave List

  • Opened/Used Items
  • Any Items Needing Refrigeration
  • Razors (or anything sharp)
  • Matches/Lighters
  • Anything Expired or Rusty

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