Soul Food Cafe Mission will use a $900 grant from the Community Foundation of Faulkner County to accommodate the influx of families in need through the holiday session, according to the group.
Soul Food Cafe operates Mondays out of Second Baptist Church in Conway, where a meal is served and food boxes are distributed.
Mission director Rick Harvey said Soul Food Cafe sees an upswing in registrants through the holiday season, and food boxes were closing in on 250 a week in November.
“We always see more families as the weather gets cooler and the holidays approach,” said Harvey. “However, this year we set records on the Monday before Thanksgiving. We served hot meals to over 400 guests and gave away 445 food boxes.”
The Mission purchases food from the Arkansas Food Bank and receives donations from local grocers as well as partners who also operate food drives.
Funding for the Mission is primarily through donations by churches, businesses and individuals.
“This grant comes at just the right time,” Harvey said. “Not only are more needy families coming to the Mission for assistance, which creates a greater need for food, but expanding the operation to meet their needs raises expenses in every category. We are so grateful to the Community Foundation of Faulkner County for their assistance.”
Spokesman Mike Rush said the grant will be used to continue operations as usual while accommodating an increase that is generally seen at this time of year.
The Community Foundation of Faulkner County is an affiliate of the Arkansas Community Foundation.
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