Region 8 successfully helps fill the food bank

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A food drive held on Wednesday in Jonesboro is successful in collecting thousands of pounds of food for those in need in Region 8. 

"I've been looking forward to donating some food.  It's a great honor to help other folks," said Virginia Bryant.

Bryant is just one example of the generosity being seen at this food drive.  She recalls what it was like when she needed help years ago as a single mother.

"I received food from somewhere, I don't know who brought it they just brought it and it was there.  I am so appreciative and I hope someone else can feel that way," said Bryant.

There are thousands of families that do need help.

"Last year the food bank distributed 2.1 million pounds of food, this year it's just the middle of November and we've already distributed 2.2 million pounds of food ," said Christie Jordan, Executive Director of the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas.

Jordan said a new report from the USDA moves Arkansas from the 3rd hungriest state to the hungriest in the nation.

"We've never known what it was to go without food and the holidays are very important to us and I just don't want to see anybody go hungry," said Terri James.

One group that we worry about most are children.  Terri James said she tries to teach her children and grandchildren the importance of giving back.

"I have a granddaughter and I chose the food that she prefers so that there will be another granddaughter somewhere that will have something to eat," said Judy Byerly.

"People are really trying to tighten their budgets, unfortunately there are still people who are unemployed or under-employed," said Jordan.

Jordan said they serve a lot of folks who actually have jobs, they just don't make enough money to take care of all their bills and provide food for their families.

"There are so many people out there that could contribute that don't.  They should think about it," said Byerly.
They won't know for sure how much food was collected during Wednesday's food drive until Thursday.  All of the food was sorted during the day by volunteers into different  boxes so it will be ready to be distributed next week, just in time for Thanksgiving.

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