The food pantry is a fledgling effort ably led by Brad Elrod and staffed by volunteers from various churches in the Newport area. Although the bulk of the food is donated by Wal Mart, cash donations are used to purchase freezers and other discounted foods from the regional food bank in Jonesboro, to pay utilities and other operating costs. Food is distributed on a weekly basis from the Umstead Memorial Methodist Church located at 1312 McLain Street in Newport.
Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased at the Newport Chamber of Commerce located at 201 Hazel or from Sandra Pankey, Bill Lewis or Susan Cooley. The event will include a chili supper, pie auction and musical entertainment by Jeannie and the Guys featuring Sonny Burgess and Kern Kennedy. Call Sandra at 523-5354 or 217-3711 for further information.