ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Volunteers are set to gather on Friday, June 18 at multiple locations across the Roanoke Valley to help install Little Free Pantries as part of United Way of Roanoke Valley’s Day of Action events.
As part of this grassroots movement to engage people in fighting food insecurities, volunteers have been building and painting mini-pantries.
On Friday, June 18, volunteers will install and stock the pantries at the following locations:
- 9 a.m.: Boys and Girls Club at 1714 Ninth Street SE, Roanoke
- TBD: After the above installation, the team moves to Morningside Farms at 917 Morgan Avenue SE, Roanoke
- 9 a.m.: Glade Hill Rescue Squad at 5042 Old Franklin Turnpike, Glade Hill, with Rocky Mount Rotary Club
- 2 p.m.: George Washington Carver Garden at 602 Loudon Avenue NW, Roanoke
- 2 p.m.: Hustle Haven at 355 Campbell Avenue SW, Roanoke
The new Little Free Pantries are not a solution to food insecurity or food deserts, but they do provide easy, anonymous access to food and basic need products.
Individuals or groups looking for socially distant volunteer activities are asked to donate shelf-stable food to help keep the pantries stocked.
During the Day of Action, volunteers will also be painting and installing birdhouses at area senior living facilities, on Saturday, June 19 and Friday, June 25 at the following locations:
- June 19 at 10 a.m.: Melrose Park Shelter at 1412 Melrose Avenue NW, Roanoke (birdhouse painting)
- June 25 at 9 a.m.: Richfield Living at 3615 West Main Street, Salem (birdhouse installation)
- June 25 at 2 p.m.: South Roanoke Nursing Home at 3823 Franklin Road, Roanoke (birdhouse installation)
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