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Craighead County emergency food banks and pantries.

Residents of Craighead County have several food pantries that can try for help. The centers are run by both non-profits as well as charities, such as local churches. The distribution centers will do their best to pay out USDA approved boxes or groceries or serve meals across the county including the cities of Jonesboro and Lake City.

Specific programs are also targeted at different clients. Examples of these services in Craighead County can be low cost congregate or free home-delivered meals for senior citizens. Some of the food banks may have items for new mothers and infants, such as free baby formula or diapers. Also, seasonal assistance in the region may include Christmas meals, gifts, or holiday food baskets.

While not as common, some of the pantries may also have financial aid or vouchers to use for acquiring food. This is not as common though, and more likely referrals will be given.

Bay United Methodist Church
Address is 300 Central Avenue
Bay, Arkansas 72411
Dial (870) 781-3262
Low and limited income families can use the pantry. Free groceries, items such as clothing, and other aid is available.

Black Oak New Hope Baptist Food Pantry
The location is 110 South Main Street
Black Oak, Arkansas 72414

New Antioch Baptist Church
429 County Road 960
Brookland, AR 72417
Main phone (870) 972-0339
The charity serves residents of Craighead County.




Crowleys Ridge Development Council
Main address is 2401 Fox Meadow Lane
Jonesboro, AR 72403
Main phone - (870) 802-7100
The community action agency for the region. Clients can learn about SNAP food stamp applications or other government aid. Housing, funds for energy bills, and more is offered. The non-profit also operates a Meals on Wheels service for the elderly.

First Baptist Church - Care Center - Celebrate Recovery
Location is 711 Union Street or try 200 West Matthews Street
Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401
For hours of the charity, dial (870) 932-1872

Helping Neighbors Food Pantry
There are two locations. One is 801 West Huntington, Jonesboro, Arkansas 72404. The main phone is (870) 935-7298.
A second food bank is at 900 West Monroe, Jonesboro, AR 72403, call (870) 935-7298.
The non-profit offers food assistance for low income families and people in the community. There are non-perishable grocery items and case managers also help with SNAP food stamp sign-up.

Highland Drive Baptist Church
515 East Highland Drive
Jonesboro, AR 72401
Phone: (870) 932-2197

The Salvation Army Of Jonesboro
Location is 800 Cate Avenue
Jonesboro, AR 72401
Main phone - (870) 932-3785
Numerous social services are administered. An emergency food pantry can be used. The non-profit also operates an Angel Tree toy program, has financial aid for rent or bills, and can pass out holiday meals. They support all of Craighead County.




First Baptist Church
Address of food pantry is 700 4th Street
Lake City, Arkansas 72437
Dial (870) 237-9935
Volunteers help the less fortunate from the pantry. There may be groceries, snacks for students, and maybe even some gently used clothing items for the working poor.

There are other food distribution centers. For referrals, dial 870.932.3663 to get information. Qualified low income families can learn about everything from soup kitchens to food banks or public aid. Or people can learn how to volunteer at one of these locations.


By Jon McNamara


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