Our 5th inductee into our “30 Faces of Hunger Relief” countdown this year is Paul Wilkerson, Operations Director at River City Ministry in North Little Rock.
For 10 years, Paul has helped improve the lives of thousands of Arkansans. His dedication to serve others has provided grace, mercy and peace to those who walk through the doors of their ministry.
Every day, Paul says around 200 people walk through their doors.
“From a hot lunch to a shower to dental work to just a place to feel safe,” says Wilkerson. “Just a place for them to come in and have peace.”
Paul said his path started through medical missions in third world countries with his church.
“I was blissfully unaware.”
He said his eyes were lifted after helping many malnourished people get the proper medicine and nourishment they needed. After going on several trips, someone then told Paul about a place in North Little Rock that does the same thing to help people in his community.
“I knew it was where I wanted to be. I had a need to serve people every day.”
From there, Paul has worked ten years at River City Ministry, a member agency of the Arkansas Foodbank. With food from our warehouse, Paul says their operations include a food pantry twice a week, a soup kitchen that serves a hot meal six times a week, and they are a Department of Health Services provider that provides food to those in emergency situations.
Mr. Wilkerson says being able to feed so many each week has been very fulfilling.
“It is very true that if you serve people, you are receiving back….It means a lot to to be a graceful moment in their day in a life that has a lot of turmoil. That is our mission.”
Ultimately, Paul says it is important to show that somebody cares for them as a person…face to face.
On behalf of the Arkansas Foodbank, thank you Paul Wilkerson for being a face of hunger relief and a passionate champion for the hungry in Arkansas.