Texarkana, USA January 16, 2015 | Through the support of the community, Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank, Inc. was one of the top 50 food banks to receive $60,000 from the Walmart Foundations “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” initiative. The food bank will distribute $15,000 of the awarded funds to five of their partner agencies.
The initiative could not have come at a better time, food banks and partner agencies are facing a growing need for donations due to historically high rates of food insecurity. Resent USDA reports show that in a single year one in six people in the Texarkana area struggle with hunger and turn to these agencies for food assistance.
“Hunger remains a serious issue in our region as thousands of individuals don’t know where their next meal will come from,” said Camille Wrinkle, Executive Director of Harvest Texarkana. “Through this initiative we are able to provide much needed assistance to five of our partner agencies in their efforts to provide hunger relief options.”
Randy Sams Outreach Shelter, Flower Acres Baptist Church, St. Edwards Outreach Center, First Baptist Church of Redwater and New View Church of Christ in Nashville, AR will each receive $3,000 of the funds awarded to the food bank by Walmart. Each agency will use the funds to continue food distribution in the area.
A check presentation press event is scheduled for Thursday, January 22 at 10:00 am at the Harvest Texarkana Warehouse located at 3120 E. 19th St. in Texarkana, AR. Representatives from each agency will be present.
Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank
Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank is the food bank serving Bowie Co Texas as well as the southwestern corner of Arkansas including Miller, Lafayette, Hempstead, Little River, Sevier, Howard, Pike, Nevada and Columbia Counties. As a Feeding America and Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance member, our mission is to eliminate hunger in this region through food distribution and education. Formed in 1989 as a food rescue organization, Harvest Texarkana has grown to a full service food bank distribution center providing over 2 million pounds of food in 2013 to over 100 partner hunger relief agencies. Harvest Texarkana continues to serve as a food rescue operation, collecting excess prepared foods for local shelters and soup kitchens. Harvest Texarkana also operates a backpack program serving 22 campuses as well as providing resources to agencies to operate backpack programs in the districts outside Texarkana. More information can be found at www.harvesttexarkana.org or by following us on Facebook at facebook.com/harvesttxk.