Lunchbox Food Pantry still serving community after two years of operation

BEAVER, WV (WOAY) – A local food and hygiene bank has been serving the community for two years and is looking for donations.

Two years ago, The Legacy Center in Beaver started the Lunchbox Food Pantry. They offer food and hygiene products to anyone who needs it, no questions asked.

Abby Stimson, the current hygiene director, started working with the food pantry in March of this year and noticed their hygiene selection was in disarray. Folks would come in and have little to choose from, and she took it upon herself to change that. 

“Those things that we take for granted like toothbrushes and toothpaste when we need it. I mean, a lot of us change our toothbrushes every three months. These people are happy to have one clean toothbrush. So I would just come in here and look at it and something in my heart would say you’ve got to do something about this,” Stimson said.

After reaching out to the community for months, they now have an adequate selection of hygiene products anyone can pick up free of charge. Stimson says that it’s necessary that they keep fundraising and providing for the community, especially right now during this difficult time. 

“I see that these people are hurting so much more right now. Not only for food, but to just be able to wash their hair, or brush their hair, or just feel put together and feel like they’re okay in the midst of all this.” 

According to the Lunchbox Food Pantry’s president and founder Angela Lester, some people are shy about asking for help. But she insists there is nothing wrong with reaching out for assistance if you think you need it. 

“I really wish that anyone who needs food would truly just come on down here. We are here for you and there is food here for you. So don’t be ashamed, don’t hesitate. Come on down and get some food,” Lester said.

Anyone can make donations to the Lunchbox Food Pantry by dropping items at their location at The School of Harmony at 159 Granby Circle. They’re always looking for hygiene products, especially shampoo, toothpaste, soap and body wash, baby wipes, and much more.

The Lunchbox Food Pantry serves more than 250 families in the area.