1. MHC’s Tool Share Program provides simple and free access to cooking and gardening tools for Hub community members. 


    The Hub Tool Share is a lending library of gardening and cooking tools, designed to make growing and processing food at home simple, affordable, and exciting. Members are able to visit MHC any time the pantry is open, and check out a wide range of tools, from crockpots and pasta-makers to rototillers and trowels.  The Tool Share helps households try new cooking and gardening methods, preserve fresh produce for seasons to come, and try their hand at growing delectable vegetables at home.

    Membership is free for MHC patrons and volunteers, with a suggested donation of $12 annually for those who don’t qualify to use our food pantry services. Members may borrow up to 3 items at a time. Interested in signing up? Check out our membership application!



    Check out this story on The Hub Tool Share, on WFIU’s Earth Eats blog.


    Tool Share Hours of Operation and Registration Documents:

    The Tool Share is open Monday-Friday, Noon-6pm.

    To sign up for full membership individuals will fill out a brief form, which they can print out ahead of time, Tool Share membership application. Individuals should also bring in a photo ID and a document that proves your current address. A recent utility bill or copy of your lease works perfectly. If you don’t have ID, or proof of address, you can still sign up, with limited borrowing privileges until you build up some borrowing history. MHC volunteers who have logged more than 40 hours of service in the last year or so also qualify for Tool share membership without the extra documentation.


    Tool Share Donations

    The Hub Tool Share is made possible through a grant from The City of Bloomington Department of Economic and Sustainable Development. While we currently have a variety of tools available, we are always happy to review potential tool donations. If you are interested in making a donation, please contact Hannah at community@mhcfoodpantry.org.