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NWA Food Bank Opens 82,000 Square Foot Facility in Lowell

HEALTH OF AMERICANS. WELL, INFLATION AND SUPPLY CHAIN ​​PROBLEMS AND INCREASING POPULATION GROWTH, ALL THREE HAVE AFFECTED LOCAL FAMILIES IN NEED. AND OUR FOOD BANKS ARE NOW TAKING ACTION TO MEET THOSE NEEDS BY OPENING A NEW LOCATION. 40/29’S. ALLISON WISE SHOWS US THE NEW FACILITY. MORE THAN 70,000 PEOPLE ARE FOOD SECURE IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS RIGHT NOW. THIS IS ACCORDING TO NWA FOOD BANK OFFICERS. AND WITH THIS GROWING NEED COMES THE NEED FOR MORE SPACE, WHICH THEY HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH BY BUILDING THIS FACILITY IN LOWELL. YOU DON’T KNOW THIS MEDIA. WE HIDE IT ENOUGH, BUT IT IS THERE. DAN SCHROEDER IS THE OLDEST EMPLOYEE AT THE NORTHWEST ARKANSAS FOOD BANK. AND BEFORE BEING EMPLOYED, HE WAS A VOLUNTEER. HE SAYS AS the population grows, there are more people who may struggle to put food on the table. NOT EVERYONE WHO IS IN NEED IS WEARING TORN CLOTHES AND IS DESPERATE TOO. SOMETIMES PEOPLE JUST NEED HELP AND SUPPORT. WE HAVE ALL BEEN THROUGH HARD TIMES AND THE FOOD BANK NEEDS MORE SPACE TO STORE FOOD FOR DISTRIBUTION TO PANTRIES AND LOCAL FOOD AGENCIES. COVID HAS BEEN A BIG, BIG TURNING POINT WHERE WE HAVE JUST BEEN CUT AT THE SEAMS. WE TRY TO GET MORE FRESH PRODUCTS AND PROTEIN WHICH ARE REFRIGERATED. AND THIS, YOU KNOW, YOUR TIME TO MANAGE IT IS VERY SHORT AND LIMITED. SO THE NEW FACILITY WILL REALLY HELP US GET MORE FROM THE WAY THE FOOD BANK SERVES APPROXIMATELY 70,000 PEOPLE NOW, BUT PROJECTS IT WILL NEED TO SERVE NEARLY 150,000 AND FOR THE NEXT 20 YEARS. AND THE MAYOR OF LOWELL SAYS IT WILL BE THE PERFECT PLACE FOR ALL FAMILIES. THEY MUST COME HERE. THE TRACKING CABIN! THE FAMILY HAS BEEN VERY GENEROUS IN DONATING THIS LAND. THIS IS WHAT AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY. SOMETHING THAT SERVES FOUR COUNTIES IS GOING TO BE CENTRALIZED AND HOME-BASED IN LAW AND MAY IKENBERRY WITH THE NORTHWEST ARKANSAS FOOD BANK SAYS IT COULD TAKE ABOUT 15 TO 18 MONTHS FOR THIS INSTALLATION TO BE COMPLETED. THEY HOPE TO OPEN LATE 20, 23 OR EARLY 2024. AT LOWEL

NWA Food Bank Opens 82,000 Square Foot Facility in Lowell

The Northwest Arkansas Food Bank opened its new Lowell Hunger Center on Thursday. The new 82,000 square foot facility is expected to open by the end of 2023 or early 2024, and will more than doubling the number the food bank can serve from 70,000 people to about 150,000 people. There are more than 70,000 food-insecure neighbors in northwest Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas Council and Chambers of Commerce predict there will be over a million people here in less than 20 years,” Eikenberry said. “If the same formula holds true, we’ll have to serve 145,000 to 150,000 people. We just can’t do that in the facility we’re in right now.” Eikenberry said the food bank has seen a surge in people. need help during the COVID-19 pandemic. “There are a lot of people who need help in Northwest Arkansas. We’ve come out of the pandemic and we’ve seen the numbers go up. We thought we were getting things back under control, and just as hard we’re working, but now inflation kicks in. People’s paychecks just don’t go as far as they used to and don’t go as far as they need to,” he said. Click here for more resources on where you can find access to food pantries in Northwest Arkansas. Click here for more resources on where you can find access to food pantries in the river valley.

The Northwest Arkansas Food Bank opened its new Lowell Hunger Center on Thursday.

The new 82,000 square foot facility is expected to open by late 2023 or early 2024 and will more than double the number the food bank can serve from 70,000 people to approximately 150,000 people.

Kent Eikenberry, president and CEO of the NWA Food Bank, said the food bank was outgrowing its location in Springdale and needed more space, especially with population growth projections for the area.

“Right now, there are more than 70,000 food insecure neighbors in Northwest Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas Council and Chambers of Commerce predict that there will be over a million people here in less than 20 years,” Eikenberry said. “If the same formula holds true, we’ll have to serve 145,000 to 150,000 people. We just can’t do that in the facility we’re in right now.”

Eikenberry said the food bank has seen a surge in people needing help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There are a lot of people who need help in Northwest Arkansas. We’ve come out of the pandemic and we’ve seen the numbers go up. We thought we’re getting things under control, and as hard we’re working, but now inflation is coming into play. People’s paychecks just aren’t going as far as they used to and aren’t going as far as they need to,” he said.

Click here for more resources on where you can find access to food pantries in Northwest Arkansas.

Click here for more resources on where you can find access to food pantries in the River Valley.