Region 8 non-profit steps up fight against hunger

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A local non-profit organization is stepping up the fight against hunger, and they need your help.

The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas is participating in a national campaign called, "30 Ways in 30 Days".

The purpose of this campaign is to raise awareness with residents about the problem of hunger not only in the United States, but in Arkansas and Region 8.

Director of Development of the food bank, Vicki Pillow, says people aren't aware of how big an issue this is for Region 8, "Arkansas is the third highest incidents of hunger in the country. In Northeast Arkansas we are the warehouse distribution facility for the twelve counties in northeast Arkansas. We have 88 agencies who come to us, pick up the food and take it back to their communities so they can help the individuals. We serve fifty-one hundred different people each week in northeast Arkansas. That's a huge number and it just continues to grow."

Vicki says now is the time for them to get the food they need.

"Even though it's summer, right now, the holidays are right around the corner. So, this is our busy time of year. We need to get food in the door so that we will be ready for the holidays for people who need assistance."

Vicki says the work the food bank does isn't possible without the help of community donors and volunteers.

"This is a total community effort. We couldn't do what we do without the volunteers from the community. And that's everything from organizing food drives to monetary donations and even time. People help us in a variety of ways. They can volunteer their time, their money or their food. They can go to the grocery store and just pick up something extra and drop it off out here on South Culberhouse or they can just volunteer their time and help us to sort and label the food and get it our to our agencies. Or they can donate money and we will be able to go out and purchase the food that people will need and get it out to our agencies."

Vicki says they need a number on non-perishable items and canned goods.

"Peanut butter and macaroni and cheese are always good items. Any kind of can goods are always useful to us; vegetables, fruits, canned meats, tuna, green beans, fruit cocktail. Anything like that is always very useful to us."

For more information call 932-3663 (932-FOOD) or log onto their website.