Matoaca church combats hunger with ‘Boaz Box’

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Since Friday, Matoaca Christian Fellowship has been helping out people in need with their ‘Boaz Box,’ an outdoor food pantry designed for people to pick up food anonymously.

Pastor Ryan Atchison says the ‘Boaz Box’ was named after Boaz, great-grandfather of King David in the Bible. The outdoor pantry stays stocked with non-perishable items like canned goods and pasta. Pastor Atchison and his wife Anne say they’ve had to refill the box six times already.

8cfae0815ac147afbaf19dbd86c96970Beth Sadler stopped by Matoaca Christian Fellowship on her way home from the grocery store to make a donation to the church’s first-ever outdoor food pantry.

“Monday is my grocery day, so I said I would come and bring a few items for the food pantry,” she told 8News Reporter Candice Cole.

Pastor Atchison says he got the idea from a picture on Facebook three weeks ago from someone in Oregon.”I thought, hey, what a magnificent idea, so I just put it out on Facebook. And, one of my friends who lives in Chesterfield said ‘Hey, I want to help. I want to donate the materials, I want to make this thing happen.”

“I thought, ‘hey, what a magnificent idea,’ so I just put it out on Facebook,” he explained. “One of my friends who lives in Chesterfield said ‘hey, I want to help. I want to donate the materials, I want to make this thing happen.'”

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Since the ‘Boaz Box’ was built, it has helped to feed many in the community while allowing them to stay anonymous.

“We’ve already refilled this box six times since Friday night,” A. Atchison said. “If you have a need and you’re in this community and close by and it’s able to be reached by you, you just come over and take what you need.”

Pastor Ryan Atchison and his wife, Anne
Pastor Ryan Atchison and his wife, Anne

The name of the box itself carries a special meaning.

“Boaz was a rich man and he had large fields and what they would do in the ancient world is harvest from the middle of the field and they would leave the corners unharvested so that people who had a need could just come by the field and grab what they needed, no questions asked,” Pastor Atchison said.

Anne says she hopes to keep the momentum going.

“If you have been blessed then come on over and fill the box,” she said. “It’s for the community to come together and serve God.”

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