Melvin's Story

Melvin spent 29 years working at the same company as a production technician, supporting his family, and living comfortably. He never worried about where he would find his next meal. After retirement and with his four children grown, Melvin found himself living on a fixed income and choosing between paying necessary bills and buying groceries.

Melvin has visited the Arlington Memorial Baptist Church’s food pantry a few times, when money gets tight. When describing what the fresh food means to him, he smiles broadly in appreciation because each time Melvin leaves the pantry, he goes home and places meats, fresh produce and eggs in his nearly empty refrigerator.

Melvin explains that the people around him and the friendships he’s made is the best part of his home and his community. As a great neighbor, Melvin is willing to help anyone who needs him, just as the food pantry has helped him.