Poverty and Hunger are REAL Issues Right Here in NWA

When most people think of Northwest Arkansas, they tend to think of this region as a land of “economic prosperity,” a perception that is due to the economic growth associated with large NWA company hubs such as Walmart, Tyson Foods and JB Hunt. While this is indeed true, there is also a growing divide between those who are prospering in our community and those who are not.

Although not always well-publicized, the facts are clear:

  • Washington and Benton Counties are ranked second and third in Arkansas as counties with the highest number of persons living in poverty.
  • One out of every four children in Northwest Arkansas faces hunger or food insecurity on a regular basis.
  • Arkansas sadly leads the nation with 25% of its elderly facing risk for hunger, in comparison to the national average of 16%.

Sharing Hope and Love

At Samaritan Community Center, we are called by Scriptures to care for those in need throughout our community and to share Hope in what is often a dark world. We choose to do this by providing a loving environment in which every person who enters our doors is treated with dignity and respect. We don’t just want to quickly offer a bag of groceries or a piece of clothing and watch them leave. We want to serve in a way that goes well beyond expectations, making sure that grace and mercy abound in all that we say AND all that we do.

That is why … we offer our clients the opportunity to “shop” in our food pantry and select the food items that meet their families’ needs.

That is why … we serve our clients in our Café rather than ask them to go through a serving line.

That is why … we provide our clients clothing vouchers so they can shop at our resale stores to find something they like, not just what they need.

Because we know … It’s the smallest of details that sometimes make the largest impact.

We encourage you learn more about the Samaritan Community Center and our programs and to Get Involved in changing lives!

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