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Churches collecting for Feed the Need on May 26

By: 22 May 2013 One Comment

Feed the NeedDuring the school year, kids in need throughout Arkansas are often benefited by backpack programs. Bear in mind that we’re using the term “backpack program” as a generic description of anything schools have in place to send food home for children that run the risk of not having any meals at home on the weekends.

The question, of course, is what’s being done for those kids during the summer when there are no school counselors or staff around to make sure food is sent home with children who need it?

That question will be partially answered in central Arkansas on May 26. Nine churches are participating in a Feed the Need drive on that date from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Churches are asking their congregations and communities to bring food items (a list of what is needed appears below) to trailer trucks waiting to receive donations at Walmart stores in Benton, Bryant and Little Rock stores at Bowman Road and Shackleford Crossing.

Bear in mind that the donations won’t go to strictly children but will be administered by churches and community food pantries to benefit families.

The needed food items include individual/single serve cans of:
* Beanie Weenies
* Vienna Sausages
* Pasta meals
* Canned pasta sauce
* Instant oatmeal
* Chicken, Tuna or Hamburger Helper
* Canned vegetables
* Oatmeal
* Cereal
* Rice
* Powdered milk
* Sugar
* Flour
* Mac & cheese
* Breakfast bars
* Crackers
* Soups
* Ramen Noodles

The participating churches are:
* The Church at Rock Creek in Little Rock
* First Baptist Church of Benton
* First Southern Baptist Church in Bryant
* Geyer Springs First Baptist Church in Little Rock
* Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock
* Midtowne Church in Benton
* Mosaic Church in Little Rock
* Oasis Church in North Little Rock
* Second Baptist Church in Little Rock

First Baptist Church of Benton is advising its members the process should take no more than an hour — get out of morning services, by some food items at Walmart, drop them off to one of the waiting Feed the Need trucks and that’s all there is to it. Not a bad idea.

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