Visit this Little Food Pantry at Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church. | Photo by RALtoday
What’s a Little Free Pantry? Placed around the City of Oaks — often near schools and churches — these are free mini pantries stocked with food, toiletries + other small necessities. The concept is simple: take what you need and leave what you can.
The Little Free Pantry Movement, which launched in 2016, is fighting food insecurity in local communities by encouraging people to help their neighbors through small and intentional donations. Beyond contributing items, you can build your own little food pantry, like the brothers behind Raleigh’s Food Drive Kids nonprofit project.
Where are they?
Here are just a few to visit in Raleigh:
Church on Morgan, 136 E. Morgan St. (Next to Marbles Kids Museum)
The Little Groceteria, 521 W. Cabarrus St. (On the corner of S. Saunders St. + W. Cabarrus St.)
Food Not Bombs, 1301 Hillsborough St. (On the corner of Hillsborough St. + Ashe Ave.)
Corner Pantry, 231 Glascock St. (On the corner of Glascock St. + Watauga St.)
Western Blvd. Presbyterian Church, 4900 Kaplan Dr. (Next to Seeds of Faith community garden + a little free library)
Avent Ferry United Methodist Church, 2700 Avent Ferry Rd.
The Well Fed Community Garden, 1321 Athens Dr. (Next to a little free library)
Grab a can or two of beans, vegetables, or fruit from the back of your pantry. Pasta like boxed mac and cheese and ramen noodles are great choices as well. If you donate pasta sauce or applesauce, be sure they are soft-topped (avoid donating items in glass jars). Don’t forget about granola bars, peanut butter + oatmeal.
When it comes to toiletries, individually wrapped soaps, feminine products, toothbrushes, and toothpastes are useful. People are welcome to donate gloves, hats, mittens, and hand warmers, but try not to donate items — like coats — that take up too much space in the pantry. Consider donating clothes to organizations like Note in the Pocket, instead. School supplies + paper products like tissue packs are helpful, too.
Some pantries, like the Corner Pantry, have additional space for fresh produce + clothes.
Teens: Black Out Poetry | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 6-7 p.m. | North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Rd., Raleigh | Free | Create unique blackout poetry art to participate in NaNoWriMo — this event is open to teens in grades six and up.
Annual Designed For Joy Christmas Sip and Shop | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 6-9 p.m. | Designed For Joy, 517 W. Cabarrus St., Raleigh | $25 | Shop from more than 12 local vendors, join raffles, sip on wine, and enjoy snacks in this artisan space.
2023 Turkey Ball | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 6-10 p.m. | Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar, 309 N. Dawson St., Ste. 1313, Raleigh | $45 | Help sponsor a local family’s Thanksgiving turkey and snack on passed hors d’oeuvres of Italian favorites.
Pupsgiving | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 5-8 p.m. | Deep River Brewing Company, 704 W. Main St., Clayton | Free | Bring your furry friend along to this brewery where $1 of each beer sold and all the proceeds from the raffle basket + dog pie eating contest will be donated to The Black Dog Club — City Editor Cat is helping with the event.
Friday, Nov. 17
Better Made Easy Launch Event | Friday, Nov. 17 | 4-6 p.m. | Raleigh Founded, 310 S. Harrington St., Raleigh | Free | Join this launch party to learn how to make purchases that align with your values through better made easy, a local sustainability-focused online store.
Winter Wonderland | Friday, Nov. 17-Sunday, Nov. 19 | Times vary | Park West Village, 3400 Village Market Pl., Morrisville | Free | There will be train rides, storytimes with Santa, food trucks + hot bevs, a live performance by the Embers on Saturday, and plenty more activities going on in The District.
Saturday, Nov. 18
79th ABC11 Raleigh Christmas Parade presented by Shop Local Raleigh | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 9:30 a.m. | Downtown Raleigh, Hillsborough, Morgan, and Fayetteville streets | Free | This year’s celebration will feature Grand Marshal Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes and over 100 groups including massive balloons, community groups, bands, and more.
A new set of digital games are now available through the NC Education Lottery, meaning instant wins no longer require a scratch-off ticket. There are eight versions of the game with the top prize of up to $150,000 for some. In August, a wager cap of $505 a day was set by the commission. (WRAL)
Help nonprofit Rise Against Hunger reach its volunteer goal during the Three-Day Community Celebration Friday, Nov. 17 through Sunday, Nov. 19. Sign up to help pack 250,000 community meals at the Raleigh warehouse near Compass Rose Brewery and celebrate with music, food, and local leaders.
The NC Museum of History’s 28th annual American Indian Heritage Celebration is this Saturday, Nov. 18. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy performances, demonstrations, and more honoring those who have inhabited NC for 14,000 years.
NC State University Theatre is selling a wide selection of costumes this Saturday, Nov. 18. The public is invited to shop items like vintage clothing, historically inspired costumes, and one-of-a-kind theatrical pieces at Frank Thompson Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
78 out of 100. That’s Raleigh’s score for the Human Rights Campaign’s 2023 Municipal Equality Index which dives into municipal laws and how inclusive they are of LGBTQ+ people. In case you missed it, that’s down seven points from last year’s score.
Celebrate National Take a Hike Day this Saturday, Nov. 17 by hitting one of the trails featured on our hiking guide. Nature staff will be on-site at Durant Nature Preserve from 12 to 2 p.m. with giveaways, activity booklets, and information on upcoming nature events and programs.
Say goodbye to fillers and weird ingredients in your dog’s food. Get 50% off your pup’s first order of Nom Nom for fresh, recognizable ingredients they’ll love.*
Ready up, Raleigh, WUNC has a new show. “Due South” with longtime reporters Leoneda Inge and Jeff Tiberii promises thought-provoking conversations + deep dives into the news and culture shaping life in North Carolina and the South. Listen weekdays at 10 a.m. on 91.5 FM or the WUNC app.*
Support your state soccer squad with North Carolina FC 2024 season tickets, available today for as little as $12 per match. Membership perks are aplenty, like merch discounts + superb seating, and even special pricing for extra tix when friends and family tag along.*
Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth this season? Treat yourself to a winter wonderland of all-you-can-eat desserts and hot cocoa at The Dessertery, a new holiday café hosted at the Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts, Nov. 17-Dec. 23. Dive into tickets + times this way.*
Reader Alison B. shared some insight: “All of the above! We should take a page out of European countries’ book. Copenhagen has the most amazing bike infrastructure in their city — you see more bikes than cars. But everything is also extremely accessible by foot and reliable/fast public transit. We can only dream of a high speed rail system in the Triangle.”
52% of readers think that public transportation should be funded by the Carbon Reduction Program in an effort to reduce transportation emissions across the US and 16% voted for bike infrastructure.
We will share an update on where the funds will land once the funding numbers are released in January or February.
I earned my bachelor’s degree from UNC-Pembroke, which was established in 1887 as an institution for Native Americans. I loved my time as a Brave and especially enjoyed learning about the Lumbee culture. I admittedly have been away from the Pembroke community for a while, but earlier this week, I learned that NC State’s Ashtyn Thomas was crowned Miss Lumbee 2023 in July.
Thomas is a first-year architecture student in the College of Design. Congratulations, Ashtyn!