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Jonesboro factory employees help end hunger in Region 8

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Employees of a local plant stepped out of the factory Wednesday to contribute to the community.

Unilever employees volunteered at the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas in Jonesboro as part of their community action day.

Director Robb Vrbicek said helping to end poverty is something they feel passionate about.

“We do want to end hunger and in our community the need is so great,” Vrbicek said. “And so, our associates, we do a food drive in the fall. We do the community action garden, we volunteer. We also donate through plant donations as well.”

The community garden was planted on the factory's grounds.

The company intends to donate all food grown there to the food bank.

“When you go to the grocery store and you look up the price of fresh produce and eating health, eating healthy sadly costs more,” Executive Director for the Food Bank of NEA Christie Jordan said. “And so, a lot of families who are trying to budget their dollars can't always afford fresh fruits and vegetables.”

Last summer, Unilever donated 1,000 pounds of food from the garden.

They hope to double or triple that amount this year.

The company also donated a check for $8,000 to the food bank.

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