United Methodist vol­un­teers serve with NWA Food Bank

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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.

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