Newsletter September 2016

Check out our annual report newsletter to see what has been happening at the food bank.  You will find stories, pictures, recent statistical information.  The newsletter is in pdf (Adobe Reader) format and you can print or simply read it.  Tell us what you think!



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Building Expansion


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.

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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!

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Loaves & Fishes Food Bank of the Ozarks,  Inc. raised that much money from all our generous donors on April 7, ArkansasGives Day.  Thank you all for your generosity.   This will go toward helping pay for the building expansion to accommodate the food pack program “Food for Hungry Kids” that provides weekend food packs for school children identified by school nurses in danger of weekend hunger.  We serve both Berryville and Green Forest schools.  The heat/cooling systems have been upgraded for the expansion.


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April 7, 2016 – 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM


Help us spread the word!  Build the excitement!  This is our day to get cash awards and matching percentages for every gift given to Loaves & Fishes Food Bank of the Ozarks, Inc through the website.  If you want to help us spread the word, invite someone to your organization or volunteer to contact your friends, let us know!

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Cub Scouts Pack 128: You are great!


Feb. 13, 2016 these boys and their families delivered 1,501 pounds of food they had gathered in their “scouting for food” event.  They delivered the food, sorted it and shelved it for distribution.  In addition, they also helped unload a salvage load that came to the food bank while they were working.  Thank you!

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Holiday Vouchers

There were 600 holiday vouchers distributed between Nov. 23 and Dec. 23 to client families.  The voucher entitles the family to a turkey breast roast and a pumpkin pie from our local grocery store.   Thank you to all the supporters that provided the funds to purchase foods to make the season brighter for our clients.

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Thank you to the local potters and to the organizations and businesses that participated in the Hungry Bowl event.  Here’s a link to the newspaper article about the event that will help us purchase turkey breasts and pies for all our client families.

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Loaves & Fishes supports “Everybody’s Business”

A forum on domestic violence will be held Thursday, October 22, 2015, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Berryville Community Center.  To register contact Carroll County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, PO Box 11, Eureka Springs, AR  72632

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Janell Robertson is pictured presenting a grant from the Carroll County Arkansas Community Foundation and on the right volunteers and a staff member from Community First Bank in Berryville are presenting checks.  This money will be used for a camera security system as the food bank suffered criminal activity resulting in loss of food, destruction on an exterior door, theft of equipment and an expensive maintenance call on both walk-in freezers.  Thank you to Carroll Co ARCF, Community First Bank, and many, many more who have donated and helped the food bank overcome this loss.

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