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.**
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.
The homeless are given bags specifically prepared 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 fully cooked and canned foods have pop-top lids. A bag of basic toiletries is also provided.
We have some clothing and household items available. All have been donated and all are free to anyone who visits the pantry.
As with the Pandemic, today’s economic conditions have dramatically increased the needs and numbers of our neighbors facing emergency situations. When the normal three-day supply of food twelve times per year just wasn’t enough during the Pandemic, the Pantry went into crisis mode and with the help of generous donors we were able to provide to those in need food on a weekly basis. It is our hope we can sustain an elevated level of giving to get our neighbors through this crisis as well.
**Until further notice, the Pantry will offer individuals/families the option to pick up a food bag/box two times per month but not more than once per week for as long as supplies last.