Grant allows Blytheville soup kitchen to serve more people

Soup kitchen benefits from grant
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The NEA Food Bank in Jonesboro received a grant last July that allows local food pantries and soup kitchens to provide people with more food for less money.

The Blytheville Community Samaritan Ministry's soup kitchen is one of many that receives the grant funding from Feeding America in partnership with Walmart.

Instead of driving an hour to the food bank in Jonesboro to receive food, items may be picked up at their local Walmart store.

Douglas Echols with the ministry said this saves time and money.

The grant has also supplied the kitchen with more items.

"We go three times a week and get 13,000 pounds of food," Echols said. "This allows us to serve 1,400 meals a month. We used to struggle with side things like flour, sugar, and seasonings. With this grant we don't have that problem."

Dennis Johnson who has relied on the soup kitchen for many years said volunteers, Walmart, and the food bank continue to change lives in Blytheville.

"If it wasn't for this kitchen a lot of us wouldn't have a good hot meal during the wintertime," Johnson said. "This kitchen is a blessing in its self."

The grant is a year-long pilot grant.

Feeding America will review results from food banks across the nation to see if the grant better supplies the pantries and kitchens they serve.

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