NEA Food bank can continue program with new grant

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansasreceived a grant on Monday that will help feed the children of Region 8.

The Arkansas Community Foundation awarded the food bank $1,000.This was made possible through the St. Francis County Community Foundation.

The money will be used at the Forrest City School District.

Vicki Pillow is the Director of Development for the Food Banks andsaid while this money will be a big help to the students in that area, there area lot of children still waiting for help.

"We have schools that have been asked to be on the BackpackProgram.  It is a funded program so weadd them as we can.  We certainly want tomake sure that when we add students that we can sustain the program and if theyneed it for 8 years that the student stays on the program for 8 years", Pillowsaid.

520 students from 9 different schools are currently on theprogram.

The Food Bank staff is already working on re-supplying the foodneeded for next year's school year.

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