CAPCA seeking donations of money and food items for holiday boxes

The Community Action Program for Central Arkansas in Heber Springs is seeking donations again this year to assist with the purchase of turkeys for the Holiday Food Box distribution that is held annually. They are also seeking donations of food items. Each year in November, in conjunction with the quarterly Commodity Distribution, CAPCA distributes 150 Holiday Food Boxes to low income, elderly and disabled individuals in Cleburne County.

Last year the Holiday Food Box distribution was a huge success. With the monetary and food donations from the people of Cleburne County, they were able to distribute 150 Holiday Food Boxes filled with a 10-12 lb turkey, corn, green beans, stuffing mix, macaroni & cheese, cornbread mix, brownie mix, cranberry sauce, & yams to low income, elderly and disabled individuals around Cleburne County.

According to the latest figures from the United States Department of Agriculture, at 19.2 percent, Arkansas is tied with Mississippi as having the highest rate of food insecurities in the nation. A recent feature on KARK News said Arkansas was #1 in hunger. Arkansas also ranks #1 in Senior Hunger. CAPCA is looking to make the 2013 Holiday Food Box Distribution an even greater success than last year.

They are currently seeking community partners from individuals, church groups, civic organizations and local businesses in and around Cleburne County that can make monetary donations, donate food or volunteer for distribution. For more information or to donate contact Debbie Gilmer at 1-877-699-6924 or stop by our office located at 305 W Searcy Street, Heber Springs, AR 72543.