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Our mission of "Building Bridges from Hunger to Hope" goes beyond feeding the hungry, to connecting the individuals, churches, schools, and civic organizations in our service area. We understand that we can accomplish much more together than we could ever accomplish on our own. So part of our mission is to connect, resource, support, and empower individuals and organizations so that together we can "Create Communities without Hunger."
The Food Bank of North Central Arkansas had humble grassroots beginnings as the Norfork Community Care Program. In 1982, a devastating flood crippled the area, and thousands were displaced and in need of food and shelter. To meet the immediate need, Alice and Hubert Ayers established a soup kitchen out of their home in Norfork. With the help of many volunteers and the Salvation Army, they served flood victims and rescue workers. Today more than 2.5 million pounds of food are distributed annually throughout our nine county service area as a Partner Distribution Organization of Feeding America.
A Partner Distribution Organization of Feeding America - America's Food Bank Network. A founder and board member of the statewide food relief organization - Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. An "in-kind" warehouse for United Way. A distributor of the United States Department of Agriculture commodity foods. A partner in the Arkansas Gleaning Project.
A member of the Arkansas Non-Profit Alliance, Cotter Chamber of Commerce, Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce, Baxter County Emergency Food and Shelter Board, Baxter County Unified Resource Council, Boone County Resource Council, and Growing a Healthy Searcy County Committee.
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Food Bank of North Central Arkansas
14215 HWY 5 South
Norfork, AR 72658