As the Texarkana community and the state of Arkansas contend with the Coronavirus pandemic, it's more important than ever for our community to band together and support one another. If you're looking for a way to get involved and help others during this pandemic, the Harvest Regional Food Bank is looking for donations, in the form of both food and monetary donations.
According to the food bank's Executive Director Camille Wrinkle, food inventory intended to last months is quickly being used up as a result of school closures. With all the school closings, there are many school children with food needs. For every $1 the food bank receives, Harvest Regional can provide five and a half meals.
In addition to donating food or money, volunteers can also help pack emergency backpacks for children and senior citizen food boxes. The food bank has two-hour shifts with a maximum of 30 volunteers per shift. The volunteer shifts this week will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., and 2 p.m. to 4 pm. Food boxes prepared by volunteers can help supplement a family's nutrition for close to a month, according to the Food Bank.
As our community faces an unprecedented situation, we continue to see so much unity and love being shared by the residents of Texarkana. Above all else, we ask that you stay safe, wash your hands, and take all necessary precautions to keep you, your family, and the community safe and healthy. For more information on how to give your time, food, or money, go to harvestregionalfoodbank.org.