The Concord Food Pantry is in need of assistance, said Trudy Bruton, who has been arranging for shipments of food.
“The pantry has missed out on a grant from the Arkansas Food Bank that we were counting on for the winter season,” she said. “Our pantry has really grown since last year. With that being said, we need some help from our community — maybe some food drives or change drives from other churches or organizations. I can see in the next few months we are going to be short of food.”
Bruton can give suggestions to churches or groups on how to organize food drives.
Monetary donations are accepted, too. The pantry is operated by unpaid volunteers, so all donations go to buy food, she said.
Concord Food Pantry is operated from the First Apostolic Church of Concord. The pickup point for food is at the church, right across state Highway 25 from Concord School and right by the Concord Post Office.
The pantry is open two days per month — from 2-4 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.
Social Security numbers for each member of a family, even the children, are required when signing up. That is a recent development, so even those who have receiving food will now need (starting Monday) to bring Social Security numbers for every member of their families.
Last month, the pantry served 110 families, which is about 350 people.
Anyone or any group or church that wants to donate may do so at any First Security Bank location via a visit, check or credit card. The account is listed as the First Apostolic Church Pantry account. The bank’s phone numbers are (501) 362-4899 in Heber Springs and (870) 269-7979 in Mountain View.
“Just call the bank and they’ll put it in that account,” said Bruton.
For more information call Bruton at (870) 213-8079.