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by Stan Morris, Web Producer

NEA Food Bank Gets $49,000 Grant from Kraft Foods

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas announced Tuesday a grant received from Kraft Foods totaling $49,000 for use of expansion, collection and distribution of non-shelf stable foods to agencies serving Region 8.

The grant is part of the 2007 Community Nutrition Program and will be used by the Food Bank to purchase 3 commercial coolers and 2 upright freezers.  The upright freezers will go to both Little Scholars Learning Academy and the Brookland Church of Christ. The walk-in commercial freezers each go to Jonesboro First Baptist Care Center and Mission Outreach of Northeast Arkansas in Paragould.  The third commercial cooler, larger than the aforementioned, will go to the Food Bank itself.

These new freezers allow more fresh food, like produce, juice, dairy and meats, to be distributed. 

"In 2007 the Food Bank distributed more than 1.7 million pounds of food throughout Northeast Arkansas," said Christie Jordan, Executive Director of the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas.  "While we can accept all types of food donations, we have a responsibility to the needy families that we serve to try to obtain foods of high nutritional quality."

"We try very hard to recognize and reward worthy proposals, therefore, your grant award speaks highly to the value of your work in the communities you serve," said Nicole Robinson, Associate Director, Corporate Community Involvement, Kraft Foods Global, Inc.

The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas was founded in 1983 and distributes food through a network of non-profit agencies and programs to help eliminate hunger.

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