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Compassion Center In Little Rock Serves 13,000+ Meals

The Compassion Center in Little Rock says it plans to serve approximately 1,000 hot meals on Thanksgiving Day, and thousands more in the form of "food boxes" to families.
"We're seeing the face of the homeless changing." - Pastor William Holloway Little Rock Compassion Center
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The Compassion Center in Little Rock says it plans to serve approximately 1,000 hot meals on Thanksgiving Day and thousands more in the form of "food boxes" to families.

Pastor William Holloway with Compassion Center says he's seeing the makeup of those arriving for meals is changing.

"We're seeing the face of the homeless changing because now we're starting to see a lot of the working poor," Holloway says. "People are being cut back to 25 hours a week, and they just can not make ends meet."

Holloway says the change is do in part to reductions to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps.

"I'm also hearing people say they are seeing their hours reduced at work because of some of things related to insurance changes," Holloway says.

Edward Campbell of Little Rock says he enjoyed the meal provided to his family on this Thanksgiving.

"There's a lot of people losing jobs that are here today, that need help," Campbell says. "A lot of people didn't intend to be in this situation. Fortunately God has blessed me with a job, and I'm trying to get back on my feet."

One feature of the Thanksgiving meal missing this year is the opportunity to pick up a winter coat or hat as people leave.

Holloway says the need doesn't stop on this holiday.

"Instead of people donating their coats or gloves after a few winters, people are holding on to them longer," Holloway says. "We need winter clothing, most definitely."

To contribute winter clothing or volunteer with the Compassion Center, click here.
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