With the government shutdown passing the one month mark, and many federal employees missing a second paycheck, many people across the country are asking how they can help. Here in Little Rock, there is a two-day donation drive that will be taking place in several different parts of town.
Little Rock Cares is a two-day citywide donation drive to benefit federal workers and planned for January 22nd and 23rd. The City of Little Rock, Clinton National Airport, Arkansas Food Bank, and Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance are behind the effort. Items will be collected at sites across the city on Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Arkansas Food Bank - 4301 W 65th Street
- Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance - 1400 W Markham Street
- Clinton National Airport - 1 Airport Road
- First United Methodist Church - 723 Center Street
- NW Division Little Rock Police Dept. - 10001 Kanis Road
- Low sodium canned vegetables
- Low sodium canned soup and canned chili
- Canned fruit packed in water
- Peanut butter
- Canned tuna or salmon
- Canned chicken
- Applesauce (not in glass containers)
- Shelf stable milk
- Dry or canned beans
- Crackers or cereal (whole grain preferably)
- Baby food
- Gift cards to grocery stores
- Gift cards to gas stations
- Hygiene products
- Feminine products
- Toilet paper
- Dog food
- Cat food
(KTHV 11) - “There are many lives traditionally, whether there's a shutdown or not, that experience living a life of living from paycheck to paycheck. That's only worsened when you have the government shutdown,” Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. said.
About 7,000 federal workers in Arkansas are either furloughed or working without pay, Scott said.
“While we typically have hundreds of thousands of Arkansans who struggle with hunger, that’s always exacerbated in times of disaster,” Kathy Webb, executive director of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and city director for Ward 3, said. “With the shutdown and furlough of federal employees we have over 500 Little Rock residents who are struggling to make ends meet, who are struggling to put food on the table,” she said.