The United Way of North Central Arkansas has launched a new effort to help combat food insecurity with the announcement of the Super Bowl of Caring Food Drive Competition.

According to United Way Executive Director Roxanne Ranaudo, the percentage of Arkansans who face food insecurity is high.

“Statistically, what I’ve looked at says 16 percent of Arkansans face food insecurity and some of the counties we cover at United Way have some of the highest percentages. Sharp County has 21 percent food insecurity to their population and that is significantly above average and that’s why this Tackle Food Hunger Drive is imperative for the areas we serve,” Ranaudo said.

The drop off location with the most points scored at the end of the competition will win the Super Bowl of Caring Trophy. Each item collected will be scored and is worth between one to five points. Each dollar collected is worth one point.

Donations will be tallied and point totals posted on the United Way of North Central Arkansas Facebook Page. The competition ends Feb. 18.

“It is a competition to encourage some comradely among the businesses where they can get in and they can tackle hunger through our Super Bowl of Caring and are competing to collect as much donated food as possible,” Ranaudo said.

Ranaudo said there is room for more businesses to participate and they are welcome and encouraged to, but at this time participants include: Bank of Cave City, All About You Salon, Ash Flat Livestock Auction, Cave City Pharmacy, Century 21, Coldwell Banker Ozark Realty, DNL Discount 2, First Community Bank, FNBC, Harris Farm and Home, Johnson Supply, King Rhodes and Associates, Ozark Gateway Realty, United country Realty, Walling Drug and Woody’s on Main.

“We can take more businesses that want to participate in this. We’d be happy to have more because the more food we collect, the more people we can help in the communities we serve,” Ranaudo said.

For more information, visit the United Way of North Central Arkansas on Facebook.

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