Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church this weekend announced the launch of the a “Little Free Pantry” for Outer Banks community members.
The pantry is located in the front yard of the church and provides food and other items to the Outer Banks community for free. The mini pantry is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week with no questions asked. Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church is located at 803 W. Kitty Hawk Rd, Kitty Hawk, NC.
“The Little Free Pantry is open to everyone with no requirement, this is about neighbors helping neighbors, said Ed Kitchen, one of the organizers behind the new charity. “If someone needs something they should take it. Everyone needs a little help once in a while.”
In addition to non-perishable food items, information on local social services and limited baby care and hygiene items can be found in the pantry.
Community members are also able to donate items and a list of suggested items can be found in the pantry, which will be restocked as needed throughout the week.
The free pantry provides the following benefits, the church says:
- It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- There are no requirements or questions asked
- It is designed to mediate any shame or embarrassment associated with food insecurity
- It is a way for Outer Banks neighbors to give what they can and take what they need
- The pantry is not as a primary food bank but is designed to be a supplemental and is a short term emergency food source
The KHUMC Little Free Pantry is a community outreach ministry of Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church and the idea of the KHUMC Cornerstone Small Group. KHUMC’s Little Free Pantry was constructed by Glenn Riggin and decorated by Mary Kitchen and the Cornerstone Small Group.