Employees at Domtar in Ashdown, Arkansas, are giving back to hungry children in their community.
Friday, they filled a truck with dozens of backpacks filled with food. “There’s not any corporate support in this, this is all employees pulling together to make this happen,” said Ashdown Mill General Manager Bob Grygotis.
The backpacks and food will be distributed by Harvest Regional Food Bank. Officials said Arkansas ranks second in the nation for kids without enough to eat. “It’s just prevalent all over our region and our region has one of the highest rates of food insecurity in our state,” said Camille Wrinkle, Harvest Regional Food Bank Executive Director. Ashdown Schools Superintendent Casey Nichols added, “There’s a ton of students that end up going home for weekends, for holidays, and the nutritional value that they have at school is often lost.”
Domtar employees also gathered more than fifty-four hundred dollars in donations for the food bank. Officials say that money will provide fifty kids with backpack food for the weekend for the entire year. “The campuses of Foreman, Ashdown, the elementary schools, and we’ve branched into the junior high here in Ashdown,” Wrinkle said.
Domtar company officials said they just enjoy paying it forward to their community. Grygotis said, “We touch a lot of people in this area with what we do every day, so want to make sure they understand we value them and we value the community and we want the community to succeed.”
This is the Ashdown Mill’s fifth year partnering with Harvest Regional Food Bank.