Families receive free Thanksgiving groceries in Fort Smith

Families receive free Thanksgiving groceries in Fort Smith



THE ANTIOCH EVENT FOR YOUTH AND FAMILY AND TELLS US WHY VOLUNTEERS SAY FOOD INSECURITY IS WORSENING. “MLK PARK IS QUIET NOW BUT EARLIER TODAY PEOPLE QUEUE HOURS BEFORE THINGS START, ALL TO GET A MEAL FOR THANKSGIVING.” “I waited about an hour and 15 minutes.” TRAFFIC STRETCHED NEARLY TWO MILES DOWN NORTH ‘O’ STREET AND MIDLAND BOULEVARD IN FORT SMITH AS PEOPLE MAKE THEIR WAY THROUGH THE CAR LINE TO GET FREE GROCERY FOR THE ACTION OF GRACE. “The goal is for us to take care of all their needs for Thanksgiving Day. So they get eggs, milk, turkey.” “onions, potatoes, sodas, soft drinks, pastries, I mean a bit of everything to make sure they’re covered.” “many of us would be hungry.” FOR MANY, LIKE CARA CHRISTIAN, IT’S WORTH THE WAIT. “I’m a senior on a fixed income, so every little bit counts.” “difficult times, difficult times, these are difficult times for everyone right now.” FORT SMITH HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS HELPED DISTRIBUTE COMMODITY CURRENCIES TO THOSE IN NEED. “you think about food prices this year, I mean I went and bought a dozen eggs this weekend myself, the price has tripled. So you have to think about families who are what we call the ALICE families. Those working families who do barley do. It’s getting harder and harder to put food on our table. How much does a gallon of milk cost now?” “Nothing doesn’t get cheaper, everything is constantly increasing.” “It means a lot to me because, you know, I only get paid once a month.” “and right now I don’t even have a grocery. So it helps a lot for me and my Thanksgiving. (Brett says, Happy Thanksgiving.) “Thank you, Happy Thanksgiving to you.” (NATS…volunteers say ‘Happy Thanksgiving’) (nats…woman putting eggs in car says ‘Happy Thanksgiving’.) “ORGANIZERS ESTIMATE ABOUT 4,000 PEOPLE PASSED THROUGH HERE TODAY ANTIOCH FOR YOUTH AND FAMILY NOT ONLY HELPS FEED THE COMMUNITY, BUT THEY ALSO SUPPORT LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING ONE THAT HELPS WH FAMILIES

Families receive free Thanksgiving groceries in Fort Smith

Antioch for Youth and Family estimates that 4,000 people have benefited from their 11th annual food distribution. “The goal is to meet all their needs for Thanksgiving Day. They get eggs, milk, turkey, onions, potatoes, soda, pastries, a little bit of everything for themselves. ensure they are covered,” said Heather Sanders, who volunteered to help distribute food. Antioch for Youth and Family helps provide food to those in need throughout the community. grocery giveaway is the charity’s biggest event of the year.Cars lined up outside Martin Luther King Jr. Park early Wednesday morning before the event began.Traffic was blocked on more of a mile while people waited to shop for free for the Thanksgiving holiday.. So you have to think about the families that make barley. It’s getting harder and harder to put food on our table” , Sanders said.

Antioch for Youth and Family estimates that 4,000 people have benefited from their 11th annual food distribution.

“The goal is for us to take care of all their needs for Thanksgiving Day. They get eggs, milk, turkey, onions, potatoes, soda, pastries, a little bit of everything for s make sure they’re covered,” said Heather Sanders, who volunteered to help distribute food.

Antioch for Youth and Family helps provide food to those in need throughout the community. The grocery giveaway is the charity’s biggest event of the year.

Cars lined up outside Martin Luther King Jr. Park early Wednesday morning before the event began. Traffic was jammed for more than a mile as people waited to get their free Thanksgiving holiday groceries.

“If you think about food prices this year, I mean, I went and bought a dozen eggs this weekend myself, the price has tripled. So you have to think about the families making barley It’s getting harder and harder to put food on our table,” Sanders said.

Christy J. Olson