First Federal hosting food drive

Saturday, October 8, 2011

First Federal Bank is hosting a food drive in the month of October to benefit food pantries in the North Arkansas region.

First Federal will donate up to $2,500 in cash -- $1 per item donated -- to the four charities selected, said Dabbs Cavin, president of First Federal.

Non-perishable food items can be dropped off at a number of locations, including First Federal's Berryville office, located at 210 S. Main.

"There are many hungry families in our community and we hope this food drive will help those less fortunate," Cavin said. "Arkansas ranks third in the nation for the most incidences of food insecurity and we hope everyone will join us in this effort to help feed hungry children, families and seniors."

According to Cavin, First Federal will donate up to $250 to Loaves and Fishes Food Bank of the Ozarks in Berryville, a faith-based, all-volunteer organization founded in 1985. They currently serve approximately 625 households monthly. They distribute donated and salvaged food that they receive from private companies, individuals and other agencies that collect and distribute food for the needy. All monetary donations are used to purchase food and pay for operating expenses.

Also benefiting from the food drive will be Share & Care in Harrison, a faith-based charity supported by local churches and businesses, which is set to receive up to $1,500. Share & Care has more than 100 volunteers who work to provide nourishing food to the needy residents of Boone County, and they won't turn anyone away who needs help. The organization also provides vouchers for clothing, furniture and household items.

In addition, First Federal will donate up to $500 to the Mountain Home Food Basket, a 100 percent volunteer nonprofit founded in 1985 to help those in need of food assistance, and up to $250 to the Yellville Area Food Closet, which monthly serves more than 200 families.

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