Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas gets New Delivery Van

November 22, 2005 -- Posted at 4:08 p.m. CST


JONESBORO, AR -- The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas gets an early Christmas present from actor Paul Newman.  Newman has teamed up with the Ford Motor Company to donate vans and trucks to food shelters based on their need.  “Paul Newman recognized that the poverty rates and hunger rates in rural Arkansas or in rural areas are higher than in urban areas and so instead of having to use our huge truck that requires a CDL to drive we have this van that allows any of our staff to make food deliveries when needed,” said Christie Jordan of the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas.


The food bank covers 14 counties in northeast Arkansas and this van will go a long way in helping them make smaller deliveries.  tony burdyshaw: “We only have a very large truck so when we do small transports with that fuel costs are high and the van will really come in handy in that aspect,” said Tony Burdyshaw of the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas.


This new van will allow the food bank of north east Arkansas to deliver more food to more places in Region 8.  The food bank has needed this truck for a long time.  “When we were able to apply for this we were very excited,” said Jordan, “This van would retail for over 30 thousand dollars if we were to have to purchase it.”  


Ford Motor Company and Paul Newman have a partnership with America's Second Harvest -- the nation's food bank network -- to provide vans to food bank's who need it the most.  The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas is one of ten nationwide to receive a van this year.


KAIT you good neighbor station, will again help raise food for the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas this holiday season.  More details are coming about this year's food drive, that will begin December 1st.