The Northwest Arkansas Food Bank and the Springdale Police Department are partnering up this holiday season to serve those in the community who are immediatley suffering from hunger.
“Springdale has definitely got a huge need of people who are food insecure in this community and so for us, we decided that would be probably the place for us to start,” Community Outreach Coordinator Austin Harms said.
The food bank is providing individual boxes of non-perishable food for officers to take with them while they’re on patrol.
“Officers encounter people every day, being on calls for service or just routine patrol,” said Lieutenant Derek Wright. “People have a need and I think we can all agree that hunger is a definite need in Northwest Arkansas, especially with the rapid expansion in the area.”
“We’re really excited about the fact that we actually get to serve directly and give sustainable resources to people that are going to be able to use them,” Wright said.
Each food box also has a list of resources such as lists of other food banks and pantries so that the person may receive further assistance if needed.
“This is going to be a lifelong partnership between the NWA food bank and the Springdale Police Department and we’re excited to get it going,” Wright said.
-Courtesy of UATV Reporter Lance Lloyd