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United Way builds little free pantries for Roanoke neighborhoods

COVID-19 has highlighted food insecurity on another level

A local project is aiming to make a big impact when it comes to fighting food insecurity.
A local project is aiming to make a big impact when it comes to fighting food insecurity.

ROANOKE, Va – Friday volunteers from United Way of Roanoke Valley (UWRV) and Lionberger Construction helped install a little free pantry at the George Washington Carver Garden in Northwest Roanoke.

The event was part of the organization’s annual Day of Action, where volunteers work to take on projects that help those who need it most.

“COVID has increased food insecurity in so many neighborhoods and so many place, and so with this project we are hoping to rebuild that security for families and neighborhoods,” said UWRV Investor Relations Specialist Brooke Gill.

The little free pantry will be filled with non-perishable food items and other treats that people all across the neighborhood can access. While it’s not a solution to food insecurity or food deserts, they do provide easy and anonymous access to basic need products.

People are also encouraged to drop off donations.


About the Author:

Annie Schroeder joined the 10 News team as a reporter in June 2020 and is no stranger to Southwest Virginia.