United Way of Roanoke is building and installing Little Free Pantries at locations throughout the Roanoke Valley and Franklin County in a grassroots movement to engage people in fighting food insecurity. These mini-pantries are not a solution to food insecurity or food deserts, but they do provide easy, anonymous access to food and basic need products, according to a news release from the United Way.
Volunteers are needed to help build, paint and install the pantries. Those looking for more socially distant activities are asked to donate shelf-stable food and supplies used for stocking the pantries. Pantry builds are now underway and will continue until the pantries officially open in neighborhoods on June 18.
In another project June 19, United Way volunteers will be painting birdhouses to be installed at two area senior living facilities, South Roanoke Nursing Home and Richfield Living. Volunteers are also needed for the birdhouse installations on June 25.
To register or learn more, visit www.uwrv.org/day-of-action.