Highland school to help feed 100 families in need

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

HIGHLAND, AR (KAIT) - The Highland School District has committed to doing more for low-income children in their district.

A hunger summit was hosted by the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas Wednesday at Ozarka College to discuss ways they could do that.

"We had several other agencies on board at the meeting, city officials, church leaders, school board members, several of our support groups from our community that do things to help people in need," Highland superintendent Don Sharp said.

The school has partnered with the food bank to begin a pilot program that will feed 100 families from the district for one year.

"There are a lot of folks out there and a lot of needs that we want to reach out to and try to fill those needs as much as possible," Sharp said.

He is also excited to be a pilot program and hopes it's something that will be duplicated in other communities.

The school and the food bank are still figuring out the logistics of the program.

Sharp was not sure yet if the food will be distributed at the school or from one of their local food pantries.

"We want to make it as accessible as possible," Sharp said. "We also know that some folks out there who have trouble having enough food also have trouble with transportation so that's the other thing. Are we going to be needing to utilize some services and some volunteers to maybe help deliver some of this food? Which we're more than willing to do."

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