OSCEOLA, Ark. (KAIT) - Broadway Community Outreach Services in Osceola has seen a greater need for food recently.
Before the pandemic, 20 to 25 people showed up to the food pantry each week at Living Word Cathedral.
According to Pastor Archie Thomas, that number has tripled since the start of the pandemic.
Broadway Community Outreach Services has been keeping up with the high demand for food with the community’s consistent support and help from USDA and Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas.
Pastor Thomas says with an overwhelming amount of people in need of food; he hopes that a change will come soon.
“I’m just hoping and praying that things will get better,” said the pastor. “I believe we’re going to build things better than it was and people won’t have to stand out here in this cold continually week by week just to be able to get some food for their families, so I’m optimistic of some good things happening in the future.”
Pastor Thomas added that at 9 a.m. Monday, several people were lined up at the gate to get food for their families.
Even when other organizations are doing food baskets during the holidays, the pastor does not see a decline at the Broadway Community Outreach Services food pantry.