November 04, 2009 Edition

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Resource Council needs volunteers

Shantelle Prater
Staff Writer

Since 1987 the Lawrence County Resource Council has been providing residents opportunities to respond to areas of need in of Lawrence County.

The council is involved in several projects including the Lawrence County Food Bank, which provides food on an emergency basis to needy county residents.

More than 73 families received canned-food items from the council during the month of August.

Meals on Wheels, another project of the Lawrence County Resource Council, provides hot meals to aged or disabled shut-ins five days a week. Between 1992 and 2008, members of the council delivered 49,483 meals

Between 1998 and 2008, the council also sponsored 7,618 Senior Paks, which are bi-weekly 20lb food package available to elderly citizens who qualify. The council has also awarded a total of $88,950 through the Lawrence County Single Parent Scholarship Fund since 1997.

Although the council is constantly serving those in need, only 13 members are currently active. Judy Videll, with the Department of Health and Human Services, stated the council is losing several members because of retirement or health issues.

"Our future is unknown," Videll said. "We are still financially good, but the future is questionable. I think it is because of the economic downturn."

For now, the Lawrence County Food Bank is in good shape. Williams Baptist College collected several cans during its Harvest Fest and Hoxie High School and several local churches usually donate several canned-goods, according to Videll.

The ATF Martial Arts Academy also raised $1,505 for the food bank at the Iron Mountain Festival. The Walnut Ridge Head Start is currently conducting a food drive, as well.

However, volunteers are needed for the council to continue serving the community, especially those willing to deliver Meals on Wheels.

Those interested in volunteering or donating funds or canned-goods can contact Videll at 886-6196 or DHHS at 886-2408.

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