Bradford Village Retirement Community is the newest home for a Pine Pantry, a free-standing food pantry that allows anyone to take what they need and leave what they can.

The pantry officially opened Monday, March 26, following a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. and was located on the Bradford Village property at the corner of Boulevard and Hadwiger.

“The Pine Pantry is an extraordinary resource, and we are excited to offer it to the community,” said Eric Lindsey, CEO for Villagio Senior Living. “Bradford Village has been serving the Edmond community for over 57 years, so there was no question about if we should offer it, just how quickly could we get it open.”

Residents and staff of Bradford Village will assist in getting the pantry up and running, but the goal of the pantry is for it to be a community-wide effort. The Pine Pantry is open 24/7 for anyone to drop off donations or take items from the pantry – no questions asked. The pantry will help fill in the gaps left by other traditional resources by minimizing food insecurities in the area.

“It is vital for us to give back as an organization, but it’s also a great opportunity for our residents and staff to experience meaningful and rewarding work,” said Will Griffin, COO for Grace Living Centers, operator of Bradford Village Health Center.

Bradford Village also has plans to open a Little Free Library next to the Pine Pantry. A similar concept – anyone can take a book or return a book to the Little Free Library. Bradford Village will start constructing the small wooden box for books and plans to open it on World Book Day on April 23.

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