BENTONVILLE, AR-- Help for the holidays came early Christmas Eve thanks to a local organization. Volunteers for the Kiwanis Key Club got up early Tuesday morning to hand out hundreds of bags of free groceries. The organization's yearly food drive kicked off at 8 o'clock in Bentonville. About 600 bags of groceries were picked up for families in need. Volunteers of all ages, including students from Bentonville High School helped hand them out. "It's just a great opportunity to get high schoolers involved in the community and do outreach as well," says Matthew Phelan, President of the high school chapter of the Kiwanis Key Club.
"The first 15 minutes this morning there were over 50 cars lined up outside the door to pick up food," says Bob Sliger, chairman of the Kiwanis Food Box Drive. "We have chicken, potatoes, bread, Little Debbie dessert cakes, corn, green beans, sweet potatoes... whatever it would take to make a Christmas dinner for a family."
This is the 58th year for the Kiwanis Food Box program. Every year, it also provides meals to local food pantries, area shelters and the Salvation Army.
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