In normal times, WVCFP is classified as an emergency food pantry which means we provide families and individuals facing emergency situations with a three-day supply of healthy food twelve times per year.
Boxes or bags of food are filled based upon the number of people in the household. A basic box contains cereal, a minimum of three types of proteins, pastas, tomato sauce, soups, vegetables, crackers, sugar, bar soap and toilet paper. When available, we add a variety of other foods such as: breads, fresh produce, pastries, flour, rice, beans, milk, eggs and other dairy products. Often, we have baby food and formula, diapers, adult incontinence briefs, some sugar-free foods for diabetics, some basic toiletries, and dog and cat food.
Homeless people are given specifically prepared bags with their needs in mind. Proteins, protein drinks, breakfast bars, cheese or peanut butter crackers, soup, snacks, pastries, bottled water, and socks are included in each bag. All food is precooked and canned foods have pop-top lids. A bag of basic toiletries is provided as well.
We have some clothing and household items available. All have been donated and all are free to anyone who visits the pantry.
When the pandemic hit, we found the needs and numbers of our neighbors in emergency situations increased dramatically. The normal three-day supply of food six times per year just was not enough. Through the Grace of God and His perfect timing, businesses began having employees work from home. Several corporations donated large quantities of food to the pantry which was originally purchased to supply their cafeterias. The decision was made WVCFP would allow individuals/families to pick up food once a week until supplies ran out or the pandemic crisis ended.