Serving Hope for the Holidays

A Family Can Enjoy a Holiday Meal Thanks to You

The holiday season is here, and that means many families across Arkansas are making plans to spend time around a full table with their loved ones. But the holidays aren't something everyone in our community can enjoy. 

Today, Amber is at Worldwide Christian Outreach, a Foodbank member agency near her home in Hot Springs. She’s here to pick up groceries for herself, her husband, John, and, their 8-year-old son, Christian.

Years ago, Amber never dreamed she’d need help from a food pantry. But when serious health problems ended her career as a pharmacy technician, she was no longer able to provide her family with regular access to one of life’s most basic necessities — food.

Thank you for being there

"Sometime we don't have enough to last us through the week," she says, describing her family's financial troubles.

Although her husband, a carpenter, often works seven days a week, Amber’s family still lives paycheckto-paycheck. Frustrated, but unwilling to watch her son go hungry, she decided it was time to take action.

After learning about the resources available in her community, Amber began visiting Worldwide Christian Outreach every Tuesday where she receives a box full of nutritious food. She loves seeing her son’s eyes light up when she brings home his favorite fruits and veggies — like pears and green beans.

This holiday season, thousands of hardworking families like Amber’s are at risk of going hungry. But with your continued support of the Arkansas Foodbank, parents will be able to give their children the balanced nourishment they need during the holiday season and beyond.

This coming Thanksgiving, Amber’s son will spend more time on one of his favorite hobbies — drawing superheroes. He may not know it, but because you give, you’re the true hero in his family members’ lives.

Amber certainly thinks so.

“This helps us out a lot,” she says, grateful for your gifts. “Thank you for being there.”

As we continue to work through the busy holiday season, we at the Arkansas Foodbank are grateful that you continue to stand with our hungry neighbors. Thank you so much for your compassion and generosity.