Arkansas Food Bank collecting donations for Texas

Ark. Food Bank accepting donations for Texas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Arkansans are doing what they do best, helping others.

The Arkansas Food Bank is calling for donations to aid relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Communications Director for the Arkansas Food Bank Tyler Lindsey said the Arkansas Food Bank is trying to fill their trucks.

"Peanut butter, shelf staple milk, water, protein bars, granola bars.  Anything you can eat without having access to a microwave or a full on kitchen because there's a lot of people displaced," he said.

The need for personal care items and cleaning supplies is also in high demand.

"Mops, 5-gallon buckets, trash bags are a big needed item," he said.

Lindsey said they are coordinating directly with food banks in Texas to get storm victims what they need.

"Every single day a new area if a levee is breached they're dealing with flood issues.  Food banks are not only trying to feed people, they're trying to help give cleaning supplies.  Now, that the flood waters are gone these families are start getting back in their homes," he said.

Boxes are set up for donations in the lobby and on the loading dock at the Arkansas Food Bank.

"The least we can do is to be able to provide food, so those families can focus on rebuilding and not having to spend money stocking up their pantry," he said. "Whether you're a business or just an individual you can come by and drop off items."

Lindsey said food banks are there for the long term. They plan to take a truck-load of donations to Texas by the end of next week. The food bank will also be set up at the Salt Bowl on Saturday collecting peanut butter for Harvey victims.

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