Loaves and Fishes to receive grant for ‘Hungry Kids’ effort

Friday, January 5, 2018

Loaves and Fishes Food Bank of Berryville announced that it will be the recipient of a $10,000 grant in 2018 in support of its “Operation Food for Hungry Kids” program from the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas.

Dale Hunter, executive director of the Food for Hungry Kids program, said the program is in its fifth year of operation and since the program’s inception, more than 17,000 weekend food packs have been distributed to hungry school children in the Berryville and Green Forest Schools. Hunter said that while the community continues to be generous both financially and in giving volunteer time, it is the financial boost the program receives from grants that allows the food bank to put a nutritious mix of foods in the weekend bags.

“We have been very successful in applying for grants to support this program on the basis of the nutrition we are offering. A number of our grantors have

told us that we received our grants because we have stepped up in a way that not only addresses hunger, but the very real need that these children have for a nutritionally balanced diet. This is also the feedback we have received from the Blue & You Foundation.”

A representative of the Blue & You Foundation will be at the food bank at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10 to make the check presentation.

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