Teens volunteer at food pantry, helping elderly and those in need

Youth volunteers help at food pantry, helping elderly and those in need

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - With schools out and a lot of people relying on some help with meals, a local church has added some new faces to their food pantry staff.

The Southwest Church of Christ food pantry is usually manned by older volunteers, but with the COVID-19 outbreak, the church’s youth stepped up to help out their community.

Those regular volunteers are still helping behind the scenes, but now the younger members are passing out food and meeting with those in need to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Not only do the extra hands help with the increasing number of families in need, but it’s also a way for students to do something for their community while out of school.

McKenzie Wilson is a high school senior. She said volunteering her time has helped bring some positivity to this outbreak.

“All this stuff is being canceled, and I just realized that I can do more than just sit around and feel bad for myself," Wilson said. "I can go out there and help others.”

The food pantry is open Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and located next to the church offices.

The church is also making face masks, donating snacks with uplifting messages to healthcare workers, and providing meals for families with Health, Wellness and Environmental Studies.

If you’re interested in volunteering or donating to one of these projects, call Southwest Church of Christ at (870) 932-9254.

Right now, the church is looking for donations of foods that kids can easily make on their own for breakfast and lunch for their food pantry.

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