GUILDERLAND, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Food pantries are well known for their work helping people who are hungry, but have you heard of “caring closets?” Over the past year, caring closets have popped up in every school in the Guilderland district.

The closets are filled with hygiene products such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant and shampoo. They’re all donated, and any student is welcome to take what they need free of charge.

A new caring closet has opened in the community as another location for students to access the items they may need.

“We are literally located right next door to the Guilderland Food Pantry,” Founder and Exec. Dir. Amanda Beedle said. “We share a wall, and people don’t realize if they’re food insecure, they’re hygiene insecure as well. So we are providing something for people that wasn’t there before in a more expansive manner.”

Anyone who wishes to donate or wants to learn more can visit the Caring Closet on Facebook.