PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Lionheart Coffee in Beaverton is finding its way through the coronavirus crisis by opening its heart and its wallet to people in need of food.
Owner Ben Reece is a coffee person at heart. But in a world turned upside down, Ben spent several hours early Tuesday morning with his wife Lauren assembling sack lunches — lunches they are giving away to everyone for free.
“Folks can just grab a bag, they don’t need to say anything,” said Ben. “No questions asked, they just take what they need. Come see us tomorrow and the next day and the next day.”
Ben and Lauren say food support goes away for kids at spring break. Sudden job losses have added to the insecurity — and giving away a free sack lunch seemed like the right thing to do.
“We see cars full of families pull up and the kids get out and grab the lunches,” said Ben. “We have had some folks come up and say, ‘Hey, I’m living out of my car, can I have a lunch?’ and we say, ‘Absolutely, here you go, take as many as you need.'”
The Reece’s say it has been a humbling experience. Even as their own business hangs in limbo for the time being, its been a good feeling — giving back to a community suddenly in need of something as simple as a sack lunch.