United Methodist volunteers serve with NWA Food Bank
BETHEL HEIGHTS — The Northwest Arkansas Food Bank will host volunteers from area United Methodist Churches that will serve at the food bank’s warehouse 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, during a volunteer appreciation event.
United Methodist youth and adults of all ages will box food for seniors and bag 20,000 pounds of sweet potatoes donated by a local farmer through a partnership with the Society of Saint Andrews, a charitable organization that works to glean from local farmers and provides fresh produce in an effort to end hunger. The Northwest Arkansas Food Bank will lead in the distribution of this food to area food pantries.
The Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church has a special initiative to help fight childhood hunger called 200,000 Reasons. In 2014 when the initiative began, there were approximately 200,000 children in Arkansas who faced food insecurity. Through the efforts of several statewide organizations and non-profits, including the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank and Arkansas United Methodist churches, this number has been reduced to 163,800. Unfortunately, the statistic of 1 in 4 children in Arkansas is the same. Additionally, Arkansas remains at the top of the list for elder hunger in the United States.
The volunteer appreciation event will celebrate the work that Northwest Arkansas Food Bank and area United Methodist churches do to help feed the hungry.