Residents in Arkansas’ Pope and Yell counties will benefit from a $5,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

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The gift was announced at the Manna House in Russellville. Shawn Bates, Tony Warren, Megan Chenowith, Tammy Burchett and Jessy Moreno of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check.

The Arvest Foundation donation will allow the Manna House Food Pantry to purchase new food safety equipment, including industrial sinks, stainless steel serving carts and new water fountains for the facility.

“The Manna House Food Pantry is an outreach ministry of Russellville First United Methodist Church. Established in September 2000, we serve the people of Pope and Yell counties. Our mission is to make an impact nutritionally on our neighbors who are food insufficient,” said Kim Meatheany, director of the Manna House. “Manna House maintains a strong presence for combating hunger in our community and works with many organizations and businesses for our day-to-day operations. Over 20,000 people received food and hygiene items in 2019. Whether unemployed, underemployed, veteran, or large extended families trying to make ends meet, our patrons need our help to feed their families. This grant from the Arvest Foundation will allow us to purchase items for safe food handling such as stainless-steel tables, shelves, carts, and other equipment. We are grateful that the Arvest Foundation is investing in our community and helping us feed our neighbors.”

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support Manna House Food Pantry in their continued efforts to provide food and necessary items to our community in Pope and Yell counties,” Bates said. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area, and we trust it demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to our non-profit organizations that serve our community.”