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Feed the need in NEA

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As revenues drop and people lose their jobs charities like the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas are feeling the effects!

The holidays are fast approaching, but with contributions down some families could go without.

The past two months were the busiest in the history of the food bank.  Now more people than ever are in need of help.

"It's just a different picture this year," said Director of Development of the Foodbank of Northeast Arkansas Vicki Pillow.

The picture of those in need is constantly changing.  As the economy continues to sour and more jobs are lost in region 8 the number of people in need is up.

"A couple months ago we had 200 new families that had never gone to a food bank or needed emergency assistance before," said Pillow.

Pillow says September and October were especially busy.

"We distributed more food in those two months than any months in the history of the food bank," said Pillow.

Pillow said Arkansas has the third highest incidence of hunger in the nation.

"With our 94 agencies we serve 4,200 people a week," said Pillow.

The holidays are the busiest time of year for the food bank and often the time of the most need.

"We want to be able to help we want to make sure that everybody has a happy Thanksgiving this year and make sure that they know they can get something to eat and not have to worry about that," said Pillow.

Region 8 is always a very giving area and Pillow said the need is different this year especially because the donations are thinning out.

"Individual donations are down.  We actually have people who have donated food to us before who actually needing emergency food assistance this year," said Pillow.

Canned goods, dried beans, pastas and any non-perishable items are things they need.

If you have any questions or want to talk to Vicki Pillow about organizing a food drive, call 870-935-3663 or 870-932-FOOD.  The food bank is located at 3406 South Culberhouse.

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