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Food bank receives $10,000 to feed children

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas recently got a surprise that will help with their backpack program.

The Red Nose Day Fund donated $10,000 to the food bank to help benefit the backpack program for kids in Northeast Arkansas.

The food bank applied for the grant through Feeding America.

Vicki Pillow, food bank director, said they are lucky to have received the grant.

Pillow said the food bank currently reaches 760 children in 11 different counties.

The grant money will help provide 50,000 meals to these children.

Pillow said providing the proper nourishment for the children is crucial because without it they can struggle in the classroom.

 “A lot of people don't think about that there are kids that have to wonder if they're going to have something to eat before they go to bed,” Pillow said. “When a child doesn't eat, they go into school the next day with a headache or a stomach ache. They can't be on the same playing field as the kids who've had breakfast.”

According to Pillow, Arkansas is in the top five states with the most childhood hunger.

Pillow said they are always accepting donations and helping hands to provide for the backpack program. 

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