The Delta Network Food Bank sponsored its 14th Annual Hunger Relief Operation Dec. 23 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Hundreds of families from Pine Bluff and surrounding towns registered for this outreach effort.

The program offered free food boxes, 10-pound bags of chicken (Tyson Foods), clothing, shoes, coats, household items and winter blankets.

Hundreds of toys were donated by Delta Regional Community Services Outreach Network Inc., Watson Chapel Junior High Beta Club, the Natural Born Riders Motorcycle Club, Relyance Bank and Stone Bank. The included bicycles and toddler riding toys and stuffed animals.

The registration team, directed by Bonnie Savage, was busy registering the participants. Volunteers were busy making sure their stations were prepared to receive the enormous crowd and the chicken loaded from Tyson’s freezer truck.

State Rep. Vivian Flowers and Elizabeth Taylor were preparing their table with items donated by the Flowers family, including baby diapers and boxes of other baby products, blankets and large gift bags for families in need. Representatives from Houseaboutit, an economic development agency, were set up in the lobby to offer services to waiting participants.

“The arena was filled with excitement as Bishop Chester Thompson and his Kidz Crusade Ministry involved the children in interactive activities that kept the children on their feet as they followed his prompts and moved with the music,” according to a spokesman. “They were mesmerized as Bishop Thompson went through the various phases of his presentation. After Bishop Thompson completed his presentation, Bishop Shirley Sanders addressed the participants. Her presentation was received with much enthusiasm and agreement.”

“The children and adults alike were filled with glee as the Natural Born Motorcycle Club rolled the bicycles, big wheels and toddler riding toys from the wall of the arena to the area where the children eagerly awaited the bicycle giveaway! Those receiving bikes took quick possession of their bikes,” the spokesman said.

The Delta Food Bank CEO is Louis Ross, and the director is Jacqueline Ross.

The agency extends its gratitude to the Delta Network Partners from Jefferson, Desha, Ouachita, and Calhoun counties as well as businesses, schools and other agencies and individuals.

The Delta Regional Community Services Outreach Network Inc. is an umbrella community service organization servicing selected counties in the Arkansas Delta Region. Their headquarters is located at No. 11 Portea Drive in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The Delta Network coalition is made up of numerous non-profit organizations, churches and ministries.

The next annual spring outreach will be held March 31. To partner with the agency or to make donations, call 870-536-2424 or write to Delta Regional Community Services Outreach Network Inc., P. O. Box 20278 – White Hall, AR 71612. All donations are tax deductible.