How has your 2021 been so far? After the roller coaster year of 2020, many of us have great expectations for 2021. Despite all of the hardships of 2020, I still feel a sense of overwhelming gratitude.
The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas distributed more than 8.5 million meals to people facing hunger in 2020. That's the most we've ever distributed in one year in our 37-year history...
About 10 years ago, Swifton First Assembly of God operated an informal food pantry to meet the needs of the Swifton community. Now, a decade later, the church is stepping up again.
The church hosts distribution every other Wednesday. Church volunteers pick up food from the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas in Jonesboro and bring it back to the church. More volunteers help unload the food, and the church's youth group works to pack up the food for distribution.
"I knew there was a need with COVID. We just didn't realize how big the need was," said Randy Smith, Church Secretary and Deacon for Swifton First Assembly of God. "At our last distribution, there were people there an hour and a half before, already parking and waiting."