BENTON, Ark. – Volunteers have been working exhausting on the Church buildings Joint Council on Human wants, or CJCOHN, in Benton on Tuesday morning. CJCOHN is a nonprofit group of 14 Saline County church buildings that has been offering meals, clothes and different companies to low-income county residents since 1976.
The group spent Tuesday sorting by way of containers of donated meals and making ready for its massive Christmas basket meals distribution, which is scheduled for December nineteenth at midday. Up to now, you might solely choose up a meals basket should you met a sure earnings requirement, however like every thing else, the continuing pandemic modified that.
“Proper now, lots of people have misplaced their jobs as a result of pandemic and they also might have been center class, rich, after which swiftly misplaced every thing,” Karen Ray, CJCOHN chairman, stated.
Earlier than the pandemic, CJCOHN held meals distributions twice per week. Now that it has a decreased quantity of volunteers, it’s only capable of maintain meals distributions twice monthly, on the primary and third Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The meals distributions wouldn’t be potential with out the Arkansas Foodbank.
“About 75 p.c of our meals is given to us by the Foodbank, which we buy from them. After which the opposite 25 p.c comes from church buildings and personal donations,” Ray stated.
Whereas there’s an excellent want for meals, there’s additionally an excellent want for volunteers. Because the pandemic hit, nearly all of CJCOHN’s older volunteers determined to remain residence. A crew of 12 has been grinding for the previous 9 months.
If you want to volunteer or donate meals or cash, name 501-776-2912 or go to the CJCOHN Facebook page. CJCOHN can also be on the lookout for reward card donations to have the ability to give households, so their kids can have Christmas items.