PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - An emergency food drive was set up Friday to provide some help to a school in Paragould.
For years, the Paragould School District received funding for a food backpack program, which allowed children to take backpacks filled with food home on the weekends. When the district lost the funding, the Arkansas Methodist Medical Center's Women's Council stepped in.
The Women's Council took donations for the School of the 21st Century on Friday. Shay Willis, the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at AMMC, said this school was in greatest need of the food donations. The program will help families with newborn babies to 4 year olds.
"When we heard that the whole school district lost that funding, but specifically the babies and young children who are going home, possibly over the weekend with nothing to eat, we immediately felt like we needed to answer that call," said Willis.
Willis explained that there has been a great amount of help from the hospital staff and community. She added that anyone can drop off donations to the hospital throughout the year. They are in need of easy-to-prep foods; however, they have a greater need for step two baby food.
Willis also said their goal is to make a difference in a child's life.
"If it means that we have children going hungry in our community and we can help that, then this is just scraping the surface of what we can do for the children," said Willis.
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