'Just a little bit of everything': United Way's neighborhood pantry preps for winter

Megan Michelotti

From food to vacuums, décor, winter clothes and more, United Way’s neighborhood pantry at 75 E. Lyndale Avenue offers a variety of free items for anyone who needs them. 

“We just decided we have a nice location because people walk by here all the time,” said executive director of United Way Emily McVey. “A lot of people don’t know (the pantry) is there until they know it is there because it’s kind of tucked up away, but it’s a nice spot. Sometimes we have people come up and sit to get out of the rain and have a snack.”

United Way Worldwide asks all the United Way organizations around the country to do a Day of Caring, a day for service projects, each year. Around two years ago during the pandemic, United Way partnered with the Neighborhood Pantry Project to set up its own neighborhood pantry for its Day of Caring.

The Neighborhood Pantry Project is a local donation-based nonprofit that operates a network of free community pantries around Helena. It has four other pantries separate from United Way’s pantry at 1526 Cleveland St., 12 E. Lawrence St., 44 N. Last Chance Gulch and 122 N. Rodney St.

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