A Big Turnout And Turkeys Aplenty For A Thanksgiving Dinner Giveaway

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Thanksgiving dinner giveaway

FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The River Valley Regional Food Bank estimates 800 families took part in the Thanksgiving Dinner giveaway at Martin Luther King Jr., Park on Saturday morning (Nov. 19).

“It was the largest turnout we’ve ever had,” said River Valley Regional Food Bank Marketing Director Ken Kupchick.

There were 2,040 total donations and Butterball donated an additional 500 turkeys, according to the food bank’s Facebook page.

Courtesy River Valley Regional Food Bank/Facebook

Courtesy River Valley Regional Food Bank/Facebook

The agency reports that in 2015, people spent on average $50.11 on a Thanksgiving meal.  Twenty-eight years ago the average cost was $24.50.

The non-profit’s goal is to try and eliminate hunger in Western Central Arkansas, those counties are Sebastian, Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Polk, Logan and Yell.

More than 3.1 million meals are provided every year by the food bank.

Nationally in 2015, the United States Department of Agriculture reported that an estimated 12.7 percent of American households lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. That is down from 14 percent in 2014.


  • Benny Hill

    Calling all moochers…calling all moochers! Come get your FREE food from the gullible and guilt-ridden. And for a limited time only – DHS will be on site to process your food stamps application. One day only! MLK Park!!!

    • dlviles

      Mr. Hill,
      As a Christian Pastor I am led by Christ’s word to take care of the poor, feed the hungry and welcome the stranger as Jesus commands in Matthew 25. Perhaps you do not believe in God and His grace of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ. But even wild animals have shown compassion for others even outside of their own species. Should not humans be likewise compassionate and caring for others?
      I can’t understand how helping others who are hungry or in need can possibly affect you and the life you live. By your comment I assume you have plenty and do not need assistance to have enough food. So what is it you are doing without when people like me and others donate food for those who do need it? I imagine nothing at all, so why deny those who do not have all you have to enjoy a meal?
      I pray that God will continue to bless you with plenty through your ability to work and make a good living. I also pray that God will give bless you with compassion and love of neighbor and perhaps help feed the hungry or at least not condemn others from doing so.
      Peace and blessings to you,
      Pastor David Viles
      Faith Lutheran Church, ELCA
      Booneville, AR.

      • tasdgs

        Thank you for those words, Mr. Viles. The proverb of, “Don’t criticize others until you have walked in their shoes for a day” comes to mind.

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