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Food Drive to Show “Spirit of Arkansas”

The Spirit of Arkansas food drive kicks off Mon., Dec. 2. Poster from Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance.
The Spirit of Arkansas food drive kicks off Mon., Dec. 2. Poster from Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance.
November 27, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Organizers expect to bring in more food than ever in this ninth year of the Spirit of Arkansas Food Drive that starts Monday.

The first Spirit of Arkansas drive gathered about 8,000 pounds of food for state programs for the needy. But Michelle Shope, director of food sourcing and logistics for the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, said they expect to bring in more than 40,000 pounds of food Dec. 2-13. She said people can bring non-perishable donations to any US Bank location.

"Every US Bank in the state is a collection point, and they are partnered with a local feeding agency within their community," she said. "So, that food actually stays right there and feeds people in need."

Shope said this is the perfect time of year to think about food, and about your neighbors whose pantry shelves might be empty. Public schools in the state will be competing to see which school can bring in the most donations, she said.

"We are able to offer a $1,500 first prize, a $1,000 second prize and a $500 third prize to schools that gather the most food," she said.

Shope said they expect to have from 80 to 100 collection points all over Arkansas. She said anyone interested in volunteering can go to ARhungeralliance.org/volunteer.

Dan Heyman, Public News Service - AR