The Delta Regional Community Services Outreach Network Inc. and its Delta Network Food Bank is now a partner agency with the United Way of Southeast Arkansas and participated in the United Way’s annual Day of Caring Oct. 5, according to a news release.

Louis Ross is the chief executive officer and Jacqueline Ross is the director of the Delta Network and the food bank. They are grateful to the United Way for accepting their partnership and they thanked everyone who participated, according to the release.

Participants included Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Simmons Bank, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, and volunteers from the food bank. Volunteer efforts included packing boxes with non-perishable food, assembling disaster cots, packing meat, hanging donated clothes and cleaning the building.

Two school districts also sponsored events for the Delta Food Bank leading up to the Day of Caring. Candice Jones coordinated a food collection drive at the Dollarway School District. Food boxes were collected at James Matthews Elementary School, Dollarway Junior High School and Dollarway High School.

Lillian Hemphill, instructor and sponsor of the Beta Club at Watson Chapel Junior High, and Beta Club members collected more than 2,000 packages of noodles for the food bank. Volunteers from Simmons Bank picked up the noodles which almost filled up the bed of a truck. The United Way donated food collected by occupants of the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, where the United Way is housed.

RSVP coordinated a new and slightly used clothing effort during the Day of Caring. They will be given to low income families and individuals experiencing crisis situations, homeless/veterans, hurricane victims and others.

“Thanks to the public for supporting the Delta Network during this day of caring. Your donations will be used to provide relief to citizens in need. Our motto is ‘Together We Can Make a Difference.’ We saw our motto in action during the United Way Sponsored Day of Caring event,” according to the release.