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Harvest of Hope Radiothon Raises Over $23,000 and Still Growing

BY MELANIE BUCK – Approximately $23,000 in cash, pledges, and food donations were raised during the second annual Pulse Multi-Media Harvest of Hope Radiothon to benefit the Mena Lioness Lions Food for Kids Backpack Program. The event was held on Wednesday, November 16th,  and included community partnerships with James Super Save Foods and Walmart hosting live broadcasts from their stores ...

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Harvest of Hope Radiothon Date Announced

BY MELANIE BUCK Pulse Multi-Media General Manager LeAnn Dilbeck is proud to announce that they will once again be hosting the Harvest of Hope Radiothon to help alleviate hunger for the county’s children through the Backpack Program.  “We will be partnering with the Mena Lioness Club again this year and are so grateful for their assistance and all that they’ve ...

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MRHS Donates to the Backpack Program

Mena Regional Health System recently celebrated Hospital Week.  Throughout the week, departments were challenged to a friendly competition involving the collection of food items for the Rice Depot Backpack for Kids program.  The program provides backpacks of food for the less fortunate children in local schools. “All departments exceeded expectations and collected a tremendous amount of food for the cause,” said ...

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Lioness Launch Annual Backpack Program Food and Donation Drive

BY MELANIE BUCK – Brandi Johnston of Arkansas Rice Depot visited the Mena Lions Club on Friday, October 30, to bring more awareness to the issue of hunger in Arkansas. Arkansas ranks number two in the nation when it comes to children facing hunger issues. One in four children in the state don’t eat on a regular basis; in some ...

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Lioness Lions Continue Support of Food for Kids Backpack Program

BY MELANIE BUCK – The Mena Lioness Lions Club welcomed Brandi Johnston of Arkansas Rice Depot as guest speaker for their February meeting. Johnston is the Director of Development for Arkansas Rice Depot and not only informed the Lioness’ about changes in the program, but also praised the ladies for the amount of support given to the Food for Kids ...

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Local Donations Continue to Feed Backpack Programs

Gar Eisele, owner of Washburn’s Home Furnishings, presents a donation in the amount of $500 to the Backpack Food Program. Receiving the donation are Patty Young and Heather Risley of the Mena Lioness Lions. These funds will assist in funding the Adopt a School Backpack Food Program to feed local children in need. For more information on how you may ...

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Support Backpack Program by Purchasing ‘Bricks’ at MRHS

In cooperation with local businesses and the Arkansas Rice Depot, Mena Regional Health System has accepted the challenge to support a local Polk County School by providing food for the backpack program.  In order to feed 40 children every weekend for an entire year, the school house has to be fully bricked. The schoolhouse will be completed once 240 bricks ...

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The Adopt-A-School Backpack Program Continues Gaining Support

Jeff Montgomery presents a donation on behalf of Shelter Insurance, MontCo Manufacturing, U-Lock-It Storage and Baywash in the amount of $1000 to the Backpack Program. Receiving the donation are Patty Young and Sarah Curry of the Mena Lioness Lions. These funds will assist in funding the Adopt a School Backpack Program to feed local children in need. For more information ...

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Lioness Teaming with Rice Depot to Feed Hungry Children in Polk County

BY JACLYN ROSE – The State of Arkansas is tied with Mississippi for the hungriest state, with 19.2% of the population hungry.  When the people are broken down, a startling 25% of the children in Arkansas are hungry. Located in Little Rock and founded 30 years ago, Arkansas Rice Depot is a faith-based organization working to change those numbers and ...

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