The Food Bank of NEA is concerned about 2011

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 food pantry has distributed more food this year than ever before, but now has growing concerns about the new year.

Christie Jordan, the Executive Director for the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas, says they've distributed two point five million pounds of food so far in 2010.

"We are ready for Christmas! The community has been absolutely generous and for the first time in a long time I can stand here and say that we are ready for Christmas. We have had a lot of generous food donations to cover this year."

But Jordan is worried about what problems the chilly temperatures may bring in with them.

"My concern is with the cold weather we've been having, when January arrives and utility bills hit the mail families are going to be making a lot of tough choices. They are going to have to look at that higher utility bill and they're going to have to decide are we going to pay that or buy groceries for our family."

Jordan says they're donors this year have been great. "The generosity of Region 8 residents is going to ensure that families don't go hungry this holiday season."

However, Jordan hopes that donors don't forget about them in January and February of next year.

"We appreciate all of our generous donors and especially during the holidays because that is a busier time of year for us. But the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas fights hunger year round. So, in January I'm really concerned that after we go through our supply of food in December that we're gonna get hit hard again in January and we're really gonna need the community to help support us so that families don't have to make those tough decisions about paying their utility bills or buying food for their families."

For more information on how you can donate and receive more information about the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas, log onto their website.

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