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Tuckerman food pantry feeding minds too

TUCKERMAN, AR (KAIT) – The Jackson County-based nonprofit Every Child is Ours provides food each month to hundreds of families in need.

During the past three years, the group's services have expanded beyond its food pantry to feed people's minds too.

The group's volunteers try to meet the needs of their neighbors as best they can, so their newest service helps people like Robin Taylor who are struggling to keep up in this increasingly digital world.

Taylor lives in Swifton and travels to Tuckerman twice a month to pick up bags of food at the Every Child is Ours food pantry.

Taylor, a mother of two, is currently searching for a job but says she knows basically nothing about computers. That has made finding and applying to openings online very difficult.

"I mean I had to have people help do it," Taylor said, "because I'm just awful at computers."

She has signed up to learn some computer skills at the same place where she goes to help stock her shelves.

"We feel like we're a one-stop shop for our folks," Jan Paschal said.

Paschal oversees the Every Child is Ours operation. Under its umbrella is the Jackson County Literacy Council, which recently received a grant. The money allowed the group to build a computer center equipped with four laptops for the public's use.

"As Jackson County Literacy, we believe that if they can come up here and work on the computer a little bit and get some new additional skills," Paschal said, "maybe we'll find other things that we can do to be of help."

The literacy council will teach computer basics to anyone who would like to learn.

Taylor will be one of the first students and hopes the classes will help her land a job.

"Because that way I could learn to get online and offline and how to search stuff and all that," Taylor said, "so yeah it'd be a big help."

one of the first students and hopes the classes will help her land a job.

"Because that way I could learn to get online and offline and how to search stuff and all that," Taylor said, "so yeah it'd be a big help."

Every Child is Ours is currently accepting applications for its computer classes.

Applications are available at the food pantry, located on Hwy. 367 South next to the Tuckerman Water Plant.

Anyone interested can also call the food pantry at 870-349-2001 to learn more.

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