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Two grants awarded to help feed Region 8 residents

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Two nonprofit agencies got some helpful news Thursday morning.

The East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging and The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas both received grants.

Representatives of the Walmart Foundation were at the Parker Road Walmart Neighborhood Market Thursday to present a check for $29,950 to the food bank and $25,000 to the EAAAA.

Melissa Prater, director of purchase services with the Area Agency on Aging, said the money will go toward the senior center in Manila.

“Providing some new kitchen equipment for the senior center over there so they can prepare meals after hours and before hours to expand those services,” Prater said. “As well as purchase a trailer so they can pick up their food for the food pantry there.”

The food bank use their money to create a new program called Cooking Matters at the Store.

“The nutrition classes will actually teach families how to stretch their food dollars,” said Vicki Pillow, director of development for the Food Bank of NEA. “They focus on $10 and how to make a family healthy meal for $10. So, they will be able to take that information and immediately go out and incorporate it in their own lives.”

The food bank serves about 5,000 people each week in Region 8.

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