Downtown Boone’s Free Little Pantry

828 Real Estate is very excited to announce the installment of the Free Little Pantry in front of our office in Downtown Boone, North Carolina.

The Free Little Pantry provides a discreet way to share non-perishable food items and essential hygiene products like toothbrushes, toilet paper and toothpaste with community members in need. People are invited to, “Please take what you need, and share what you are able.”

Free little pantry in downtown Boone gives away non-perishable food and hygenine items to people in need.The idea of building a Free Little Pantry had been circulating around the office, and so I decided to take the lead on building it. My neighbor, Jody, was recruited since he had all the right skills and tools to assist. We used repurposed wood from my coworker Corrinne and a few random pieces Jody had lying around his garage.

It turned out to be beautiful! Everyone here at 828 Real Estate is always thinking of ways to involve our local community and how to positively impact it.

828 Real Estate asks the food be non-perishable (ex. Canned vegetables/meats, dry foods, baby food and bottled drinks) within its expiration date.

About Free Little Pantries

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when mini food pantries were invented, but the Little Free Pantry grassroots movement was started by Jessica McClard on May 2016 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She wanted to create a place to bring awareness to local food insecurity while also creating a space for neighbors to help neighbors food needs with no questions asked. The Little Free Pantry is not an organization or non-profit, it is simply a community movement.

Are you interested in starting your own Little Free Pantry? Location is everything! The box should be placed in a safe area for everyone, accessible to the public and close to sidewalks and public transportation.

There are plenty of YouTube tutorials and blueprints online, too!

About the Author

Shalamar Blevins grew up in Ashe County, right next to the North Fork of the New River. Shalamar loves the outdoors after spending most of her life kayaking and hiking in her own front yard. 

Throughout her life, Shalamar tried to learn every art form she could get her hands on, from ceramics to African Batiking! Being creative and adding a splash of lively color is Shalamar’s superpower. After studying the classic mediums from local masters such as Stephen Shoemaker and Lenore DePree, Shalamar attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston- Salem before attending UNC-Asheville. After graduating in 2011, Shalamar spent time traveling through Europe and Asia before moving back to the North Carolina High Country to start her own studio and to work for Florence Thomas Art School.

To this day Shalamar still loves to travel and hosts small art classes on location and at festivals. She joined the 828 Real Estate gang in the fall of 2021. Since then, she has been working diligently to provide their agents and clients with the latest marketing tools, while celebrating the adventures that await in the 828! Shalamar got married to wonderful fellow Ashe County native, Micheal the summer of 2021. Micheal is a 13 year US Army Veteran, recently graduated from Nursing school and just started a career at Watauga Medical. They have 2 fur babies, an Australian Shepherd named Quill and Chocolate Lab named Brody. These boys keep Mike and Shalamar on their toes!

 When Mike and Shalamar aren’t working on their garden and home improvement ventures, they love spending time with their big family and friends while exploring the local music and art scene of NC High Country!