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NEA Baptist Clinic colleagues donated more items during this year's annual Hope Week food drive than they have in previous years. The non-perishable food and monetary donations benefit the Food Bank of NEA.

NEA Baptist Clinic Physical Therapy group drives to fight hunger

NEA Baptist Clinic outpatient physical therapy colleagues hosted a food drive to benefit the Food Bank of NEA, in conjunction with Hope Week, from Sept. 23- 27.

Non-perishable food items and monetary donations were collected at more than 30 locations within the NEA Baptist Clinic system. One hundred percent of the donations went directly to the Food Bank of NEA.

According to the Food Bank of NEA, Arkansas has one of the highest food insecurity rates in the nation. They also reported that although about 4 million pounds of food products were distributed through the Food Bank in 2012, they will need more than 6 million pounds to adequately affect the poverty population in Northeast Arkansas this year.

“We did some volunteer work with the Food Bank last year, and we were all shocked at just how big the need for their services are in our area,” says Brian Lewis, an NEA Baptist Clinic physical therapy assistant. “We had no idea that there were so many people right here in our back yard who would go hungry without the Food Bank’s services.”

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