Antioch holds annual food giveaway
Each year at Thanksgiving, Antioch for Youth and Family holds a walk-up food pantry. This year they are adjusting to COVID-19 by having a drive-thru giveaway instead.
Antioch helps hundreds of families each month throughout the year and they expect to help nearly 1,200 with this Thanksgiving giveaway.
On Tuesday, Antioch will run the drive-thru Antioch in the Park at Thanksgiving from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kay Rodgers Park, 4400 Midland Blvd. in order to help those who are not able to afford a Thanksgiving meal.
The nonprofit organization adapts in such a way that allows for social distancing while continuing to serve the people of Fort Smith.
Ken Kupchick of Antioch told the Times Record they anticipate on seeing approximately 1,200 families come through for this giveaway. According to Kupchick, approximately 1,800 to 2,200 families come through Martin Luther King Jr. Park during their weekly food pantry pop-ups.
This is the eighth year for Antioch to provide food for Thanksgiving, but the first year that it hasn’t been a walk-up. Kupchick stated that they had to “totally revise the process.”
With over $250,000 of food to give away, Antioch is prepared to provide hope and food to the families who need it.
Among their sponsors are Arvest, First National Bank of Fort Smith and Harps Foods. Antioch has also partnered with Benton County Foods, USDA and OK Foods to provide turkeys and chickens, as well as the rest of the food on Tuesday.
This year, they will not accept walk-ups. Anyone without a car is encouraged to carpool or go to Antioch’s pantry, 1420 N. 32nd St.