Region 8 residents can help their neighbors

Region 8 residents can help their neighbors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Pantry sign (Source: KAIT-TV)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - One-dollar can make a difference in whether someone in need gets to eat.

The United Way of Northeast Arkansas is calling on Region 8 to step up and help their neighbors.

A campaign is underway to raise funds for the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Pantry in Jonesboro.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Pantry in Jonesboro. (Source: KAIT-TV)
Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Pantry in Jonesboro. (Source: KAIT-TV) (Source: KAIT-TV)

They are a USDA agency for Craighead County run by volunteers.

Coordinator for the food pantry Liz Ivener said the need is larger than people realize.

“I’ve been doing this for 12 years,” Ivener said. “I thought things were going to get better, but they haven’t. Things are worse. Many businesses are cutting back and people are losing their jobs.”

Ivener said right now their food pantry serves 800 households a month.

She said they see a lot of seniors and people who are on disability struggling to make ends meet.

“One dollar is valuable,” Ivener said. “We are members of the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas. So, we can pay a small fee per pound of food.”

Ivener said $1 is worth five pounds of meat.

The Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Pantry is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This is not the only mission of the United Way, however.

They work to not only fight hunger, but also homelessness and even abuse.

All funds raised by the organization go to help make the lives of the citizens in their community better.

If you would like to make a difference and donate to the United Way of Northeast Arkansas, click here.

For more information about the Neighbors Food Pantry, click here.

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