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UACCB Food Pantry receives $1,000 donation

Featured image: Amy Finster, community engagement coordinator with White River Health System, right, presents a $1,000 donation to Kim Whitten, center, and Kristen Cross, for the food pantry at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. / Image submitted

The Food Pantry at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB) received a $1,000 donation from the White River Health System (WRHS) annual WRMC Highway to Health 5K Run/Walk, which was held virtually this year due to COVID-19. The event raised over $11,000 to support local schools’ food pantries. 

Along with UACCB’s Food Pantry, the event provided additional food to the Batesville, Cave City, Cedar Ridge, Highland, Midland, and Southside School districts.

“Even though we were unable to host the event in person due to COVID-19, we wanted to continue to support this worthwhile cause while promoting health and wellness in our community,” said Jody Smotherman, WRHS chief strategy officer. “Thank you to all who participated in the 5K. The response was remarkable, with 133 virtual runners and 38 additional people making donations as spirit runners.”

Kim Whitten, UACCB director of advancement, said the UACCB Food Pantry had benefited from donations from the event for a couple of years now.

“We want to thank you to White River Health System for their continued support and helping UACCB ensure that students’ needs are met both inside and outside of the classroom,” Whitten said.

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