Local Church Helps Fight Hunger

Siloam Springs, AR -- - Right now 1 in 4 kids are struggling with hunger in Arkansas according to feedingamerica.org. On Saturday, Grace Episcopal Church in Siloam Springs held a 'No Kid Hungry' event. The event was aimed at making sure people throughout the community who are in need have something to eat. 

 "We've realized that there's a lot of food insecurity in our region and here in Siloam Springs as well and we want to be a part of providing those lunches." Meredith Bergstrom, a volunteer for the event, said. 

Today's volunteers prepared 100 lunches and handed them out at a farmers market and apartment complex.The lunch included things like ham and cheese wraps, carrots, and yogurt in hopes of providing a well balanced meal to those in need. 

"With the schools being out there's a lot of kids on the weekends that don't get enough to eat. So we thought it was important to provide them with another well balanced meal." Lane White, a volunteer for the event, said. 

The church has been handing out lunches every weekend during the summer as part of the national No Kid Hungry program. But say they organization's title doesn't keep them from helping whoever is in need. 

"This year we raised some money as well just through our church in order to provide lunches. So we give out lunches to anybody at the parks and several locations that we go to." Bergstrom said. 

Because school starts back next week, this is the last weekend the volunteers are handing out lunches.  

"My grandson usually starts asking around February if we're doing No Kid Hungry again. So it's something we both look forward to all summer." White said. 

 "My favorite part is the community and the interaction with the other volunteers and then the people that we meet providing the food.  I love the idea of coming together around food and that anybody can access this." Bergstrom said. 

Volunteers say they've been handing out free lunches for a few years now and hope to continue this tradition every summer. 


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