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 distributed $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 was held Thursday, January 22nd at 10:00 am at the Harvest Texarkana Warehouse located at 3120 E. 19th St. in Texarkana, AR. Representatives from each agency were present.