Food for the Holidays Telethon Set for Dec. 7

Saline County, Ark. - In our efforts to fight victory over violence, this Thursday we are teaming up with the Arkansas Foodbank for a "Food for the Holiday's Telethon".

FOX 16's Susanne Brunner shows us how a food pantry is overcoming a devastation to feed hungry families. 

Once a week students next door to Zion Lutheran Church put together dozens of bags filled with food so no one goes hungry. 

"If we put the needs of our citizens like we did who's going to be the next coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks, we wouldn't have any issues," Sarah Brown, Director of the Food Pantry Mission Outreach, said. 

Ask Sarah Brown and she'll tell you about the issue at hand. 

Her priority as director of the church's food pantry is to get the bags ready for pick up every Monday. 

Not even a fire would stop that from happening. 

"You have to pick yourself up and say this is not the end. Now did that individual want us to do that? Absolutely," Brown says.

In May, Brown says someone intentionally set their food pantry and church on fire. 

They're still looking for whoever did it. 

"We got ourselves together, word got out to our community. Our church is in our community. Trucks started backing up and started unloading food for us," Brown says.

Brown believes if everyone just found one item to donate, imagine the impact it would have? It would close the door on hunger.

This has been the routine going 12 years now. One that has been a huge need in Saline County. 

The Arkansas Foodbank donated 106 thousand pounds of food to this pantry in 2016. 

"Don't doubt, just give this season," says Brown.

Your help is always needed not just during the holiday season. Help us fight hunger for our "Food for the Holidays" Telethon this Thursday, Dec. 7. 

Our phone bank will be ready to take your calls at 5 a.m. and will be open until 10:30 p.m.

This benefits the Arkansas Foodbank. 


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