Food Bank Of The Delta Is
Breaking Ground

The Food Bank of the Delta, with support from The Family Center, Inc. is scheduled to open their new building in 2014.  Construction of the new building is currently underway.  The new facility is located at 586 Phillips 241 Rd, in Lexa, Arkansas.

This food bank has been distributing food in the pantries of the Delta region of Arkansas since December, 2011.  As we expand our services, the agency is seeking more non-profit and faith based groups to help meet the mission of feeding hungry people.  The food bank grew out of a vision of The Family Center, Inc.'s work to help move individuals and families to become self-sufficient.

In 2012 alone, the Food Bank of the Delta served over 10,000 individuals, and over 5,000 households. With this much larger, new building, the possibilities are endless for the future of the Food Bank of the Delta. 

Through donors, volunteers, and the passion of the staff, the Delta will have access to more food, more choices, and healthier meals.

Our Mission

The mission of the Food Bank of the Delta is to increase food security and reduce hunger in partnership with community and faith based organizations by providing low income families and children access to food, a healthy diet and nutrition education.

The Food Bank of the Delta participates in The Emergency Food Assistance Program which supplements the diets of low income, needy people, ill and elderly, by providing emergency food and nutrition assistance.

Food Bank of the Delta serves agencies and organizations who serve individuals and families in Phillips, Lee, Monroe, St. Francis, Cross, Desha, Woodruff, and Crittenden Counties as well as any other counties in the Delta region of Arkansas.


A hunger-free Delta region.



We are a network of member food pantries.  We are driven by their needs and interests from the grassroots to ensure we are able to meet our vision and mission.


We are an accountable and transparent organization, meeting the highest standards of integrity in our finances, partnerships, communications ans all activities.


We have a strong focus on doing what is right for our members and the individuals and families they serve across the Delta.


We strive to ensure that our work has positive social, environmental and economic impact.


We strive to ensure consistency in our partnerships, public image, and communications.


We strive to be innovative through creative programs and solutions to reduce hunger in the Delta.


We work collaboratively with our members, partners, and donors to achieve our vision.

The Starfish Story
We can all make a difference!

While walking along a beach, an elderly gentleman saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it into the ocean.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, picking up starfish one by one and tossing each one gently back into the water.

He came closer still and called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”

The old man smiled and said, “I must ask why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”

To this the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out.  If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

Upon hearing this, the elderly observer commented, “But young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile?  You can’t possibly make a difference!”

The young man listened politely.   Then he bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it back into the ocean past the breaking waves and said, “It made a difference for that one.”

This story has been circulated around the web in many versions, usually with no mention of the author.  It is said to be paraphrased from “The Star Thrower” by Loren Eiseley, 1907-1977.

The Power of Giving

It is your generous support that helps us reach hungry people and reduce hunger in our community.

Please send your tax deductible donation to:

The Family Center, Inc.
406 Pecan Street
Helena, AR  72342

Food Bank of The Delta
Board of Directors

Chester Thompson, President, Pastor

Don Hudson, Retired 

Shaun Payne, County Ext. Agent, U of A Extension Services 

Felicia Swanigan, Walmart Store Manager

Sandra Sims, Retired

Betty Cole,  Business Woman
Marie Corbin, Retired 

Waymond Artis, Truck Driver

Tim Strain, Hays Gro. Store Manager

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