WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. – Crittenden County, Arkansas is just a short drive over the river from Mid-South Food Bank’s home office in Shelby County, Tennessee. The drive is short, but the food insecurity rate makes a big leap from 15% in Shelby County to 19.3% in Crittenden.
According to research from Feeding America, more than 9,400 people in Crittenden county face food insecurity. This means they lack access to enough nutritious food to live a healthy and active life.
Good Neighbor has been serving people in need since 1984 and is a partner agency of Mid-South Food Bank. After closing down for a few years and reopening in 2006, they continued to fight hunger in their community.
“We serve anybody that walks through the door - that’s what we’re here for,” said Jacqueline Cannon, Director of Good Neighbor. She says the pantry helps about 75 neighbors every day.
Nearly 10 years ago, Jacqueline said she came to Good Neighbor searching for food assistance herself. She was then offered a job working at the pantry, and now she serves as director of the facility.
“I like helping people. The pantry helped me when I needed it, and I love returning the favor,” said Jacquline.
Jacquline and her two volunteers partner with the Food Bank to fight hunger in West Memphis, Arkansas. Mid-South Food Bank serves 31 counties across Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas.
You can join the fight by making a donation, volunteering, or spreading the word. Find out more on our website, midsouthfoodbank.org.