LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News release) - The Little Rock Compassion Center has seen huge demands for food this fall, causing a severe shortage. The result could be fewer food baskets for needy families and less people served at their annual Thanksgiving dinner.
The Center is asking the public for donations to help meet the demand for food during the holiday season.
“We’re short of food supplies to feed the poor at Thanksgiving,” said Pastor William Holloway, Director. “We need more turkeys – and just about everything else – or we may have to turn people away at Thanksgiving. And that would be the first time in our history.”
“I’m especially concerned about the food baskets,” Holloway said. “Many of them go to people who are disabled or ill. They are homebound. They are poor and have no recourse. Hunger never takes a holiday.”
As many as 200 food baskets at a time are put together for the poor. Each basket has food for 3-5 days.
Another factor adding to the problem is that many low-income families rely on day labor for a little income. “The long Thanksgiving holiday weekend means four days without work or money,” he said. “These are responsible people who are doing all they can to support their families. We’ve just got to help them.”
“The Center serves over 1,000 meals on Thanksgiving, plus food baskets,” he said.
Holloway is asking for food donations or financial contributions. The Center will accept all types of donations including canned goods, rice, dry beans, fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese and meats. “We especially need turkeys,” he said.
Donations can be dropped off at The Little Rock Compassion Center, 3618 W. Roosevelt Road in Little Rock.
Financial donations can be mailed to that address or sent via the LRCC website www.LRCompassionCenter.org. For more information, call 501-296-9114.
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