Fight hunger by sparking change

(Source: KAIT-TV)
(Source: KAIT-TV)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Walmart stores are holding a campaign to "Fight Hunger and Spark Change."

During the month of April, Region 8 residents can help get food to those who need it most.

Mary Beasley, development officer with the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas, said they need the public's help.

"There is an online campaign," Beasley said. "You can use the tagline 'fight hunger' and help share that post. Walmart will donate $10 for every shared post to food banks that are partnered with Feeding America. We are a Feeding America food bank. So, we'll get meals and donations that way. Another way is different types of products within Walmart that have the logo 'Fight Hunger, Spark Change', ten cents of each product purchased will go to our food bank. So, just look for that logo in your Walmart stores. It's an easy way to help bring meals to those that are hungry in Northeast Arkansas."

Vanessa McMillon manages the Parker Road Walmart in Jonesboro. She said they were thrilled to get the opportunity to help.

"Everyone wants to give back," McMillon said. "Anything we can do we're all-hands-on-deck trying to help each other give back to the community. We want everyone to know we care for them."

Beasley said this is a great way to help.

"It's just great that the whole community gets involved," Beasley said. "This is a huge, huge way for us to get meals. And not only just for us to get meals, but to get the community involved. We are able to feed so many people through this campaign. And just by grocery shopping. It can't get any easier than that."

Beasley said the need in Region 8 is huge.

"We see people come in all the time," Beasley said. "We see senior citizens. We send out over 1,000 boxes with our Senior Feeding Program each month. And over 1,200 backpacks to our schools. The need is so prevalent here in Northeast Arkansas. Right now, we are still seeing that need. One day we hope hunger will end, but right now there's a huge need. And we need all the help we can get from the community. So, this campaign is really important."

There are over 81,000 people in Northeast Arkansas who are food insecure.

"You don't think in this day and time in the United States That there are people that are hungry. But here in Northeast Arkansas we see it every day," Beasley said. "It might be your neighbor, it might be your friend, or it might be a family member. We have so many people that are in need of food and are having to make a lot of difficult decisions. Whether that be food or medicine. Food or utility bills. They're having to make those difficult decisions every single day."

McMillon said they want to help members of the community they live and work in.

"Through our donations we're able to build relationships with the food bank organization in town," she said. "And what that does is it gives product that's more affordable, healthy and safe. And it's not just accessible to a small group it's accessible to a larger group. And so, we're being able to touch lives to more people and more families. Especially kids."

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