My Town Hero: Cabot woman helping to feed her community

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - During the summer months when many families are busy taking vacations, others are often times searching for the next meal.

Tonight's My Town Hero has gone above and beyond to make sure families in her community don't go hungry.

As the summer draws to an end, the need for food does not.

Hunger doesn't take a vacation, which is why all summer long, Mount Tabor UMC in Cabot has opened its doors to feed those in need.

"I've never been in a place where I did not know how I was going to feed my children at night and a lot of people we see have."

Twice a week, Eileen Poss and other church volunteers prepare brown bag lunches filled with anything from pizza to sandwiches and cookies...feeding over 350 people a week.

All of which, Eileen greets with a smile.

"She makes people feel welcome and comfortable."

Helen Kyle, another volunteer, says Eileen is passionate about helping others and has a relentless ambition of making sure the Brown Bag Ministry is a success year after year.

"She just picks up where others leave off and takes the bull by the horns and goes with it."

When she's not out shopping for food, Eileen is in the garden gathering vegetables to give away to families.

And though it's a food ministry, Pastor Jeff Warrick will be the first to tell you, Eileen is always going the extra mile to make sure every need is met.

"Eileen is the first person to talk to people to get to know them and if they have other things they're struggling with or need she is one of the first ones to try and find that extra help," said Pastor Jeff Warrick.

While the program only lasts for the summer, Eileen spends the rest of the time coordinating donations, writing grants, and making things like neckties, quilts and key chains all to support the Brown Bag Ministry.

"I think that she models the kind of people that we all want to be generous of spirit showing love and kindness."

Still, at the end of the day Eileen wishes she could do more.

"If we turn our backs who are they going to turn to then I mean they need help," she said.

Eileen was nominated by Ann McKaig of Cabot.

If you know someone in your community who goes above and beyond, email us information about them and what makes them a hero to mytown@thv11.com.


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