Members of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with AT&T’s “Believe Arkansas,” are donating food to help aid those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


“Believe Arkansas” is an AT&T employee initiative focused on addressing food insecurity with the most hunger-challenged populations across the state of Arkansas. The program has partnered with law enforcement agencies to provide bags of non-perishable food items (Patrol Packs) to be distributed to those facing food insecurity, according to a news release.


The Patrol Packs include items such as low sodium canned vegetables, canned tuna in water, peanut butter, canned soup, canned beans, fruit, canned chicken, canned ravioli or spaghetti, packaged meals such as mac & cheese or Hamburger Helper, and juice boxes. The Patrol Packs will be distributed each month until December to youth, seniors and others who have been impacted by the pandemic.


“We are very appreciative of our partnership with AT&T and the ability to make a difference in our local community during this difficult time,” Sheriff Lafayette Woods Jr. said. “We know people can’t get around like they normally would due to COVID-19 and we also know that people are not working and stores are struggling to keep shelves stocked. As the pandemic continues to affect everyday life, we will assist those in need and we want our community to know that you are not alone, we care, and we are here for you.”


Anyone who’s in need or knows someone who’s in need can email the sheriff’s office at alicia.dorn@jeffcoso.org or call 870-329-5638 to have their names added to the distribution list. The email should include the name and address so that deputies on patrol know where to deliver the Patrol Pack.


There are no exact delivery times, as deputies are still responding to emergency calls. They will make their way to locations while on their routine patrol.