A project to provide food to hungry children through the School Pantry Program was among the outstanding record book projects recognized during the annual meeting of the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council on June 5.

The McGehee Extension Homemakers Club was among the 83 local clubs and county councils honored during the awards ceremony held at the Hot Springs Convention Center. 

The 5,000-member state Council is a volunteer organization associated with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. During 2012, the members contributed 600,000 hours of volunteer service statewide for an estimated value of more than $13,000,000. The Extension Homemakers organization offers its members opportunities for education, leadership development and service.

The theme for the annual meeting is “The Next 100 Years.” During 2012, the Council celebrated the 100th year of Home Demonstration/Extension Homemakers work in Arkansas.

The project, Feeding McGehee One Family at a Time, aided the McGehee Phoenix Resource Center, which was one of 12 sites around the nation to help provide food assistance to hungry children through the School Pantry Program. The Arkansas Food Bank received a grant from the Newman’s Own Company to help provide the food for this program. The Phoenix Center contacted the McGehee Extension Homemakers Club to help deliver this food to these children and their families. The club members helped by collecting egg cartons, grocery bags and boxes to get food safely to the homes. They helped distribute this food to families in McGehee who fulfilled the requirements for this program. The program now feeds approximately 40 families on a monthly basis.

Information about Extension Homemakers is available by visiting the website at http://arextensionhomemakers.org or calling a county Extension office.

The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.