Thanks to donations from the Arkadelphia community, hundreds of area families will have access to food during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Thanks to donations from the Arkadelphia community, hundreds of area families will have access to food during the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Community Family Enrichment Center partnered with the Clark County Ecumenical Food Pantry to host its annual Thanksgiving box distribution last week.
According to Pat Wright, director of the CFEC, approximately 600 boxes were prepared and distributed last week.
Although individuals were required to complete an application prior to the food distribution, Wright said there were some walk-ins who had not completed the application. While the target population was Clark County, Wright said individuals from Hot Springs and Dallas County were served during the distribution.
Donations from local stores, area churches, and other organizations have made it possible for the food to be distributed.
According to Wright, individuals were only allowed one box per family. Items consisted of non-perishable food items such as canned goods, bread and desserts.
In addition to donations from the community, Wright said the food distribution would not have been possible without the help of various individuals and organizations who volunteered their time to help prepare and distribute the food boxes.
According to Wright, the CFEC hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for those in need on Thanksgiving Day.
“That was really great for a while,” said Wright.
Due to a decline in the number of individuals served during the dinner, a decision was made approximately 10 years ago to provide food boxes for the needy.
The Thanksgiving boxes are also distributed to insure that children have access to a meal while school is out for the Thanksgiving break.
“Many families depend on those meals for their children. We realized just providing one meal was still leaving a gap for the rest of the week,” Wright said.
Both Wright and Annie Godwin of the CCEFP agree that the distribution of theThanksgiving boxes would not have been possible without the assistance of community volunteers.
The CFEC Food Pantry is open on Tuesday and Thursday of each week, while the Clark County Ecumenical Food Pantry provides food on the third Tuesday of each month at First United Methodist Church. Both organizations are part of the Arkansas Food Bank.
While Godwin said the CCEFP Food Pantry could use more volunteers and donations, Wright said the CFEC Food Pantry could use more donations.
Those who have an emergency and need food may contact the Community Family Enrichment Center at (870) 246-5675.
For more information or to volunteer at the Clark County Ecumenical Food Pantry, contact Godwin at (870) 210-1913.