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"Feed the Funnel" to help feed local area families

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Volunteers are welcome to join in on the packing of 10,000 ready-to-eat meals going towards hungry families in the Little Rock area as part of a "Feed the Funnel" event. 

"Feed the Funnel" sponsored by United Way, Embassy Suites and the Arlington Hotel will be happening on Tuesday, September 29 at Embassy Suites. 

The event is open to volunteers from 3 years old and up. The practice of “Funnelology” involves grown-ups packaging the food while kids contribute art work to the design of the packages themselves. The volunteers will work one of two shifts. Those are the 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. shift or the  5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. shift, all of which will take place in the Grand Ballroom. Frequent time outs are thrown in for dancing to lively music.

Embassy Suites, at 400 Convention Avenue in Hot Springs, will open its Grand Salon for the event. The end results will be cartons filled with boxed meals to feed families of four.  The cartons of food will be distributed to local food banks, food pantries and feeding programs. 

The Feed the Funnel Party is a lot of fun, but its main purpose is to serve the community.  In Garland County 32.4 percent of children are living in poverty, according to a study conducted by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. 

Children living in poverty do receive federally subsidized school lunches and in some schools are able to get breakfast as well.  In addition to school programs, many area churches participate in “backpack” programs that send children home for the weekend stocked with non-perishable food items for their families.  However, they go home to families whose meager incomes must cover rent, utilities and other household expenses, assuming they are fortunate enough to have homes to go to. An estimated 1,000 children in Garland County are actually homeless.

Children are not the only members of our society who are going hungry.  Arkansas ranks highest in the nation for senior hunger:  an estimated 240,000+ Arkansans over the age of 60 are food insecure. That number represents nearly 40 percent of the senior population altogether.

If you would like to volunteer for the Funnel Party, please e-mail marina.mueller@jqh.com or call United Way of Garland County at (501) 623-2505.