The LifeSource mission is to strengthen our community by providing customized assistance to families in need. Our approach is balanced and holistic — we offer food, clothing, adult education programs, after school and summer camp programs for children, counseling, Senior Saturday lunches, and community outreach meals. We maximize the impact of every donation, helping to strengthen families and build our community. We serve more than 55,000 individuals, children, and families in need every year. We want to say THANK YOU to everyone who supports us. We couldn’t help so many of our neighbors without your generosity.
The Walmart Foundation has awarded LifeSource International of Fayetteville, AR, $60,000 to support its food pantry program, which distributes up to 18,000 pounds of food each month to more than 3,200 people in Northwest Arkansas.
Arkansas is ranked #1 in the nation in the number of children and the elderly who face food insecurity.
“As part of its local giving strategy in Northwest Arkansas, the Walmart Foundation seeks to enhance the quality of life in our community by increasing access to healthy food for those most in need, “ said Karen Parker, senior manager of Walmart Corporate Giving. “We are pleased to support LifeSource and help them build even greater capacity to serve more people in need.”
“The grant will support not only the pantry, but also efforts to expand our capacity to feed more of our neighbors,” said Jimmie Conduff, LifeSource executive director. “We are so deeply grateful for the amazing difference the Walmart Foundation makes in fighting poverty and hunger. It is truly a foundation with a big heart and compassion for the people of Arkansas.”
LifeSource is a charity founded in 2001 as a small food pantry. Today LifeSource serves more than 62,000 people in Northwest Arkansas for free through seven programs: a food and clothing pantry, an after-school and summer camp program for youth, adult education classes, counseling, Senior Saturday lunches, a community outreach meal once a month, and medical referrals.
In 2001, the same year LifeSource was founded, a great recession hit America, leaving millions of families facing touch choices, such as whether to pay the electric bill or buy food for dinner. More than one in seven Americans visits a food pantry every month. The elderly, children, and the disabled are among the hardest hit.
The statistics for Arkansas are disheartening. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that in 2015, Washington County will exceed Pulaski County in the number of residents facing food insecurity.
The national costs of child poverty and hunger alone are staggering. Economists estimate that such poverty drains the U.S. economy by $500 billion a year, reduces economic output by 1.3 percent of the gross domestic product, raises the crime rate, and increases health care costs.
For more information, visit www.lifesourceinternational.org or go to www.foundation.walmart.com