Subject: Volunteers Install “Little Free Pantry” at Rush Homes

Lynchburg – Volunteers from First Christian Church will be holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the city’s third “Little Free Pantry” installation, which is being installed at Rush Homes.

The ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil and stock the new pantry will be Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at Noon at Victoria Ridge, 840 Victoria Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24504.

Vector Space, a community makerspace on 5th Street, was awarded a $2,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation to fund the materials to build five food pantries in our community.  It was matched by a $2,000 grant from the Share the Cheer Foundation for instructional expenses.

Joyce O’Quinn, a volunteer at the first Little Free Pantry at The Daily Bread, expressed interest in launching a new pantry at Rush Homes, in collaboration with First Christian Church.  “We are excited to be able to serve the Rush Homes residents and neighbors with this 24/7 access to healthy food options,” said Joyce O’Quinn, steward of the Rush Homes pantry.

For more information on volunteering to fill this pantry, contact Joyce O’Quinn at 434-384-6780. For information regarding how the pantry will benefit the Rush Homes community, please contact Melissa Meyers at 434-455-2120.

Rush Homes is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities and low incomes in Central Virginia through housing and advocacy. Rush Homes serves as advocates for our tenants, and is a leader in the areas of housing development, support, and independence for people with disabilities.

Vector Space is a makerspace and community workshop with the mission to build an open and collaborative community that fosters innovation, creativity, and the pursuit of science based knowledge.

The Little Free Pantry utilizes a familiar, compelling concept to pique local interest in and action against local food insecurity. The Little Free Pantry offers a place around which neighbors might coalesce to meet neighborhood needs, whether for food or for fun.  The first Lynchburg Free Pantry was installed at the The Daily Bread in June 2017 and the second at the Carl B. Hutcherson Early Learning Center in November 2017.