The White Hall Noon Lions Club recently donated $1,000 worth of food items to the White Hall Food Pantry.
Lions Club member David Beck said the the donation was an effort by the local club to help those in need close to home.
“It is the mission of the Lions Club to help the community and we think that this is a way to do that here at home,” he said.
Beck said that instead of simply using the money to buy what they could, the club members reached out to Brad Self, manager of the Brookshire’s Food Store on Dollarway Road, to make their dollars stretch with his help in getting sale items and discounts.
“He was like ouR smart shopper getting us the most for our dollar,” Beck said.
Robin Bolen, director of the food pantry, said the donation is a great help to allow the pantry to supply food to those in the area.
“We try to never turn anyone away, but it all depends on what we have in stock,” Bolen said as she scanned the room and the many items that now line the shelves.
The pantry is supported regularly by the White Hall Ministerial Alliance, which consists of seven churches in the area.
Bolen explained how the pantry works with the churches
“If you come in and need food we won’t turn you away but we will give you a letter to take to any of the churches and talk to the pastor of the church and then they will send back a letter to the pantry to let us know how long we should help.”
The pantry uses the pastors to help reach out to families in need to see if additional help is needed beyond just food.
The White Hall Food Pantry serves the area from Redfield to Hutchinson Street in Dollarway but will not turn away those in need from other areas.
“We want to help anyone but we have partners in Pine Bluff that can help as well as us,” Bolen said about other entities such as Neighbor to Neighbor and the Salvation Army, which Beck said the White Hall Noon Lions Club also supports with donations. To find out more about the Noon Lions Club in White Hall or to join call Beck at 870-489-4524, or 870-541-0020.