by Jordan King
Posted 6/24/2013 12:00 am
The Arkansas Foodbank recently announced the opening of a community food pantry in Arkansas City (Desha County), the first of its kind in the area.
The pantry is the result of a partnership that includes the food bank, the Arkansas City Chamber of Commerce, the Arkansas City Baptist Church and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance.
“The opportunity to be part of the Arkansas Foodbank is a blessing to the citizens of Arkansas City and the surrounding communities of Desha and Chicot County,” Carolyne Blissett, mayor of Arkansas City, said in an Arkansas Foodbank news release.
According to the release, statistics from the Arkansas Department of Health indicate that 26 percent of Desha County residents are “food insecure,” meaning they do not know where their next meal will come from. “Since only two small pantries exist in nearby towns, Arkansas City officials decided to fight this challenge,” the release states.
A local campaign raised more than $5,000 in 90 days to cover startup expenses like refrigerators, freezers and food. The city decided to use the C.B. King School as the site for the pantry.
At the pantry’s grand opening on June 1, food was served to 38 families and 81 individuals. Pantry volunteers plan to distribute food once a month.
For more information on how to contribute to the Arkansas Foodbank, visit the organization’s website at ArkansasFoodbank.org.