New food pantry in Newport hopes to feed the hungry in Jackson County

New food pantry in Newport hopes to feed the hungry in Jackson County

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - A new food pantry in Jackson County hopes to feed the children of God.

The Newport Pentecostal Church of God opened its new MANNA Food Pantry on Tuesday.

It opened up at 9 a.m. and volunteers said there was a line out the door.

Gail Poole is a church member and volunteer and said the idea for the MANNA Food Pantry came from the congregation seeing a need.

The shelves were full Tuesday morning and by noon the shelves were nearly bare.

They served over 200 people.

Poole said the turn out for their first day was a complete shock and a blessing.

Volunteers said they are so thankful for the community because many people stepped up to help stock the shelves for their first week.

She said it just shows how great the need is across Newport and Jackson County.

"I think there is very much of a need," Poole said. "We even had, and you wouldn't think this community would have homeless people, but there was like two or three people who actually told me they were homeless, and that breaks our heart here as a church."

Volunteers said anyone is welcome to come get food, even those who live outside of Jackson County.

The only requirement to pick up food is to show a photo ID.

The pantry is working with the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas, but they are in need of donations.

Poole said if you can help with food or monetary donations contact the church at 870-761-7398.

She said they are happy to go door to door to pick up donations.

Poole said they will remain open as long as they can.

"We plan on doing it as long as God allows us, and as long as the food comes in we plan on doing it," Poole said.

The MANNA Food Pantry is open on Tuesday's from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 205 Ray Street in Newport.

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