LRSD and the Orchard Food Distribution Program Partner in City-wide Outreach Effort
Little Rock School District Superintendent Mike Poore and Mosaic Church Pastor Mark DeYmaz held a joint announcement today to announce a partnership to support families, including those still reeling from the federal government shutdown. For the next two weeks, February 1-11, during the District's Poore Man on the Roof campaign, the public is encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items that will be further distributed through Mosaic's Orchard Food Program, 6221 Colonel Glenn Road. The program serves thousands of Little Rock residents, providing non-perishable items, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables.
While the shutdown may have ended, there are still many families who are dealing with the effects of loss of income," said LRSD Superintendent Mike Poore. "Compounding that is the great need for additional support to pantries during this time of year, who are now being called upon to serve even more families as a result of the shutdown. We are grateful to our school family and the greater Littler Rock community who step up to help meet the needs of others."
This is the third year for the Poore Man on the Roof food drive. Additional components of this year's drive include a request for the public to also donate hygiene items that will be provided to students and families who need a little extra help - distributed through the Bright Futures program; and $1 donations toward a $24,000 goal, which will support Bright Futures and the LRSD Volunteers in Public Schools program.
Superintendent Poore issues a challenge each year - if schools and the public fill his office with food, he will work from the roof of the LRSD administration building on February 12. The public may drop off donations at any LRSD school or the District's administration building, 810 W. Markham. Items are requested to be dropped off between February 1-11.