Nonprofits, food banks adjust to virus precautions

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

By Haley Schichtl

Although many people are staying indoors, nonprofits and food banks in Eureka Springs are still functioning to some degree.

A Cup of Love Ministry in Eureka Springs is still providing food, but being cautious. Director Pattie Jarrett said the kitchen and dining room are closed, but they are still giving out food to those who need it.

“We have canned goods, bread, chicken and bacon,” Jarrett said. “We are still taking in donations of pre-packaged food … and financial donations.”

Jarrett said if people need food, they should call, say how many people are in their family and set up a time to come pick the food up.

“We’ll meet them at the front door,” Jarrett said. “It’s just me and my husband here, and a few younger volunteers. … We have to take care of our older volunteers.”

Jarrett said A Cup of Love is also working on sterilizing everything in the facility, and will be posting updates on its Facebook page. Donations can be sent to 4032 E. Van Buren, and an appointment can be set by calling 479-363-4529. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Flint Street Food Pantry in Eureka Springs is still passing out food on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 to 2, according to executive director Karen Timm. It will not be serving lunches in the dining room on Thursdays.

“We’re just taking it a day at a time,” Timm said.

The Eureka Springs Community Center is closed and the staff is sanitizing the facilities. The Eureka Springs Community Center board’s chair, Diane Murphy, said the center is trying to continue to engage the community with an online presence.

“We closed down the facility for now, but we have some instructors that are independently doing Facebook classes,” Murphy said. “We will have some online offerings but we’re not quite there yet. We still want to continue to provide community services as much as we can.”

She said staff is making sure to disinfect the building before reopening it. She said that while people are staying home, they can still connect online and show support for the community.

The Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge closed all of its services, including tours, educational programs and lodging.

The sanctuary is in need of donations to get animals their necessities. In a press release, Turpentine Creek president Tanya Smith said the closure means the refuge could lose up to half of its income.

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