$25,000 donation to equal 57,000 meals - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

$25,000 donation to equal 57,000 meals

(Source: Jeremy Biggs) (Source: Jeremy Biggs)
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PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) -

A Region 8 non-profit organization received a grant Monday that will help them feed the hungry in Greene County.

The Walmart Foundation presented Mission Outreach of Northeast Arkansas with a $25,000 grant. The money will provide 57,000 meals to residents in need.

It will help food programs at Mission Outreach that are aimed at fighting hunger in Greene County, specifically, providing food assistance to households facing food insecurity.

Mission Outreach Development Director Jeremy Biggs said one in five families in Greene County battles food insecurity, and Mission Outreach can help in a couple of different ways.

"A family is eligible to come into our food pantry once every 30 days," Biggs said. "They'll receive a food box that will feed a family of four for 4-5 days. We also serve three meals per day, 365 days a year through our soup kitchen."

Biggs said they're grateful for the support they receive from the Walmart Foundation.

"This grant will ensure that people in our community facing hunger on a daily basis can come and receive a meal in our kitchen or receive food from our pantry," Biggs said. “Our clients are very thankful that they know that they can come to Mission Outreach of Northeast Arkansas and receive plenty of food to take home and feed their family.”

Walmart store manager Terry Melton said organizations like Mission Outreach are essential to building stronger communities.

"Through this donation, we are hopeful that residents in Paragould will not go hungry," Melton said.

In 2015, Walmart stores in Arkansas donated 19,074,984 pounds of food.

Biggs said this is the fourth time they've received this grant from the Walmart Foundation.

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