A Villa Ridge resident with ties to Pacific wants the city to participate in a countywide food program that would place boxes of food around the city that the homeless could take without question.

The open box program would be in addition to the Agape House food pantry and would have no limitation on who could take food.

Kathy Rust spoke to aldermen Sept. 19, saying the food pantry program has been successful in Washington where several organizations keep the boxes filled with food.

Boxes have been placed at library branches and local churches.

Rust said it takes about $200 to create a box and fill it the first time.

Signs placed on the boxes ask individuals to take only what they need and give what they can.

Rust said she was speaking on behalf of the Franklin County Service Providers, a homelessness task force that has set up the food boxes in several cities.

Officials took no initial action on the request.