Feeding the need in Region 8

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Usually, the Food Bank of Northeastest Arkansas is prepared for Thanksgiving with food on the shelves, but this year those shelves are empty.  That's why we're asking you to help us fill the food bank!

Since early this morning the donations have kept pouring in. 

"This year, unlike previous years, the food bank shelves have been very empty before Thanksgiving," said Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas board member, Caryl Steele.

People brought bags, boxes, and grocery carts of food.

"Canned vegetables, canned fruits, canned soups, stuffing mix canned yams," said Steele.

"I figured we've got lots in our pantry that we're not using and we don't want other people to go hungry so I thought I'd stop by," said Brianna Scriber.

"I just feel very fortunate to have a job during these tough economic times, and this is my way to give back," said Janette Iglehart.

The need is bigger this year than in the past because job loss in Region 8 is contributing to the struggle for families having to put food on the table.

"People, that before, had been able to donate to the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas this year are finding they are in need of those donated items," said Steele.

"It just made me think about how you know how lucky we are, and how much we do have, and so, I just wanted to help other people," said Scriber.

The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas is a distribution center for agencies in 12 counties in Region 8.

"We wanted to make sure when our agencies come to get food, that we have plenty to give to them," said Steele.

These donations will help to provide for families for a while and helping out can be easy.

"Just pick up enough food for an extra meal.  Canned goods are always needed throughout the year," said Steele.

Those who are helping fill the food bank say they're not surprised by the support.

"I think everybody just tries to pull together and help their neighbors," said Scriber.

"I just keep realizing how many times our community steps forward when the need is there," said Roger Roush.

Hopefully, it will continue to step forward as we go through Thanksgiving and prepare for Christmas.

Thousands of pounds of food were collected Thursday, but they will go through over 24 thousand pounds of food.

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