NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Two Arkansas non profits are teaming up for the first time to address our state's hunger problem. The People Tree and The One are creating a community garden to help the homeless.
It's a hot Sunday, but that doesn't stop a group of volunteers from helping those in need.
"We want the people to be the message today," Harold Nash says.
He is a pastor at Fellowship North and they are forgoing indoor church services so that members can go out and help their community.
"It's even better when you can take the things we've been learning and you can go and live it out," he says.
This group is working on a garden to help the unsheltered homeless in central Arkansas. It's not just adults rolling up their sleeves and getting dirty.
"We're digging holes and tracks." Pierce Rued may only be 4 years old but he already has an idea about the struggles of many.
"We're helping people without food because some people don't have food."
He's not alone in his desire to help. Josh Fendley with The People Tree says more than 1,000 people in the area are without food and they are stocking the garden with enough food to meet their needs.
"We'll have perennials that are food and we might have 15 percent of flowers and plants. Everything will be food that can be sold at farmers markets or can be eaten and even cooked over a campfire," he explains.
The group has more than three acres to garden on and hopes to get produce in about 90 days. Volunteers spent the day prepping the soil and planting seeds. Fendley says the food is for anyone.
"Anybody that might be homeless, impoverished or low to moderate income that might need some food," he says. "We welcome people of all walks of life to come out and participate with us."
The organizations are looking for volunteers to donate and help out in the garden. If you would like to get involved, visit The People Tree Facebook page.