Hungry bellies will now be full

Hungry bellies will now be full
Fund will be used for Backpack Program (Source: Food Bank of NEA via Vicki Pillow)

JONESBORO, Ark (KAIT) -The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas just received a grant that will help them feed hungry children.

Members of the organization announced on Tuesday the Arkansas Community Foundation awarded them $1,000.

It will be used to benefit the Backpack Program in the Forrest City School District. The program provides child-friendly, nutritious food to kids at risk of hunger each weekend during the school year.

CEO of the Food Bank of NEA Christie Jordan said how many people they help is determined by the support of others.

“The Food Bank is only able to carry out our mission through the generosity of others,” Jordan said. “We are grateful to the St. Francis County Community Foundation for their support of this important program. The Backpack Program allows us to get food to children who wouldn’t have enough to eat when they are home on weekends during the school-year.”

The Food Bank provides hunger relief to people in need by securing resources, distributing food through a network of nonprofit agencies and programs, and by raising awareness.

They currently serve 1,111 students at 36 schools, and 113,000 meals each week to people at risk of hunger in Northeast Arkansas.

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