The Roanoke Police Department partners with the Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority, as well as the YMCA Roanoke, to hand out free lunches to dozens of kids at several different locations in the city. During the summer of 2015, officers helped staff at the Gainsboro YMCA distribute lunches at the Washington Park Pool and at the Jackson Library.
Officers made monthly appearances in June and July at RRHA sites including: Lansdowne Park, Bluestone, Indian Rock Village, Jamestown Place and the Villages at Lincoln. Officers also set up short programs for the kids after lunch. Each RRHA site hosted an "Art with a Cop" where officers helped kids make homemade get well cards for kids at Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital. Officers also set up a time to play board games with children at each site.