Businesses partner with EOC to deliver holiday meals

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission teamed up with a host of local businesses to bring holiday meals to senior citizens who needed them, a spokesman said.

“During hard times such as now with dollars stretched thin and our families struggling to even remain in their homes, a nice holiday supper is difficult to dream, much less produce. This was the opportunity to give families that dream and many were delivered,” said David Knight, executive director of EOC, a non-profit community action agency in Pine Bluff.

The Holiday Meal Project, an EOC community initiative, was developed as Tiffany Copeland, consumer education specialist, discovered a need among seniors to produce holiday meals.

“The project is intended to restore family meals to our most vulnerable households who lack the opportunity to do so on their own during the holiday season,” Knight said.

The project was an opportunity for the community food partners to meet a need as well.

“Tiffany began the process and the response from these local food partners to help was just amazing. Everyone was quick to say yes and continued to yes as we gave out more and more,” Knight said.

EOC asked grocery stores to join in by donating hams or turkeys to provide the start to the holiday season.

“Our businesses are asked for a lot of here, and they continue to deliver time and time again,” Copeland said.

Food partners included Brookshire’s, Bonanza steakhouse, 4Imprint, SAV U MOR, Save A Lot, Kroger in DeWitt, CATO’S Transmission and Automotive, Joe Blanks at PBNB, IH POWERSOURCE LLC-Jeffrey Edwards, State Farm Insurance-Johnny Huggins Jr., Farmers Insurance-Pete Paylor, State Farm Insurance-Archie Sanders, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Collins, Perry Mack and Walmart stores at Pine Bluff, Sheridan and Stuttgart.