You may download, read, or even print yourself a copy of our newsletter. Read food bank stories, get the latest statistics, learn how important your support is to our community! September 2017 Newsletter
These students received new backpacks filled with school supplies and their parents received their food allotments today. Project Self-Esteem, another Carroll County nonprofit, raises over $9,000 each year to provide school children living in our client families with brand new school supplies. Whether it is your time for food distribution or not, you may come in to pick up backpacks for your school aged children.
To be eligible, 1) the household must have been served this year by Loaves & Fishes; 2) the child must be in grades k-12 and appear on the household card; 3) a member of the household may pick up bags only for their household.
The “Country Chicks” home extension club purchased copies of these cook books for our clients. The books feature eating healthy as well as eating inexpensively. The club also gave a food demonstration. Thank you, Ladies!
The money is in the bank and ready to purchase food! Loaves & Fishes participated in Arkansas Gives: Share the Love event and ended the day showing with a great total. We had 38 different givers and qualified for about $500 in prize money included in our final total. Thank you to everyone who gave, and thank you to everyone who shared the event by e-mail or on Twitter or Facebook. These funds will purchase many pounds of food for us to distribute to our hungry families in Carroll County. In the month of April 2017 we served 1,465 hungry folks 21,421 pounds of food.
Eight years ago the food bank received 2.5 acres donated by Mrs. Mary Trimble. On Feb. 10 Mrs. Trimble gave the additional 7.5 acres that adjoin the first tract of land.
Thank you to the Arkansas Community Foundation for the grant to purchase canned chicken to add healthy protein to our weekend food packs for school children to add to food stability.
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August 22 was the ground breaking for our 22 foot building expansion to provide room for 8 additional pallets and an additional restroom. Additional space was necessary due to the growth of the Food for Hungry Kids program as the need has doubled. Pictured are left to right are Dave Greathouse (in cab), Chris Claybaker, Berryville Mayor Tim McKinney, Tim Price of MDPConstruction, Loaves & Fishes Treasurer Jeanne Thompson, Alan Sanderson of Morton Building, Loaves & Fishes board member Jason Tennant, Loaves & Fishes secretary Lieu Smith, and President of the Berryville Chamber of Commerce James Myatt.
We are now ready to distribute backpacks for the clients’ children. These are brand new backpacks filled with supplies appropriate for students. We have bags of crayons, scissors, tissues, pencils, pencil box, etc. appropriate for students kindergarten to second grade; and similarly filled bags for students third through fifth grades; students sixth to ninth grade and even bags appropriate for high school students. You may pick up bags for students listed on your client card during open hours at the food bank. That is Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 AM to 2 PM and on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 PM. A Big Thank You to Project Self-Esteem for providing these materials for our clients’ children!