Food banks

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A new food pantry specifically for Marshallese families in Northwest Arkansas has opened. The pantry, which stocks foods that Pacific Islanders prefer and need, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was established a few weeks ago by Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese, headquartered in Springdale, and is coordinated by Faith Laukon.

Arkansas is one of more than 40 states that applied for and received Pandemic Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program funding.

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Seeds that Feed, a local nonprofit focused on collecting surplus produce that can be distributed throughout the community, is one of ten organization selected to take part in ReFED's national accelerator program. 

Food banks and pantries are abundant in Northwest Arkansas. Organizations and donors often overlook other essential items. Everyday products- from toilet paper to laundry detergent -are rarities at many resource centers. Essentials Outreach focuses on providing hygeine products specifically to shelters and food pantries in rural communities. 

Board members Mary Ann Spears and Cristie Ginther talk with Pete Hartman about their mission and how the organzation, which serves more than 100 families, began.

courtesy / River Valley Regional Food Bank

Tyson Foods has helped stock the River Valley Regional Food Bank’s new freezer. The Springdale-based corporation donated more than 32,000 pounds of protein during last week’s dedication.

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