Submitted by Polk County Extension
The Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council has chosen to address food insecurity as a state wide project, One Million Meals a Dime at a Time. Beginning in October 2019, members began collecting dimes in water bottles.
So far in Polk County, Happiness EHC donated $104.90 to the Cossatot schools backpack program, Back Country EHC donated $78.39 to the Mena Lioness Backpack program and Twilight EHC donated $56.20 to the River Valley Food Bank.
Back Country members also donated over 70 pounds of non perishable food items to the Assembly of God to be distributed through their food pantry.
If you would like to help feed hungry Arkansans in Polk County you may donate to the River Valley Food Bank serving needs in Polk and surrounding counties.
There are 6 Food Banks serving different areas of the state. Food Banks use donations to purchase food in bulk which allows your dollar to purchase 7 meals for hungry Arkansans.
To make a donation, one time or recurring, there is a link on the University of Arkansas website at UAEX.edu. From the Life Skills & Wellness tab, click on Extension Homemakers. Scroll down to One Million Meals Donation Drive.
You may view a map of which counties the different food banks serve and choose where you want your donation to go. You may donate using a credit or debit card or mail a check for your donation.
Extension Homemakers will continue to collect dimes through June 2021. For more information on Extension Homemakers Clubs in Polk County, you may call the extension office at 479-394-6018
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Photo courtesy of Homemakers Council
Debbie Todd accepting over 70 pounds of food donated by Back Country Extension Homemakers Club to Assembly of God food pantry.