Food Bank of NCA to hold Bridge Bash Saturday

The Food Bank of North Central Arkansas is five days away from what has become its biggest fundraiser each year. The ninth annual Bridge Bash is scheduled for Saturday from 10 until 7 on the campus of Arkansas State University-Mountain Home.

The first Bridge Bash was held in 2011 at Big Spring Park in downtown Cotter, and since then, the Food Bank has provided over 3.8 million meals from the annual festival. Food Bank CEO Jeff Quick says there’s no way to truly state how crucial Bridge Bash has become to the organization’s efforts.

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In addition to the goal of 500,000 meals being collected at Bridge Bash, 600 volunteers have signed up to package another 100,000 meals.

The Food Bank of North Central Arkansas is also receiving recognition for Bridge Bash on a statewide level. Quick serves as the president of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, and he was at the state capitol in Little Rock when Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a proclamation declaring September Hunger Action Month. Quick says some good news came out at last week’s event.

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Quick says as the Food Bank CEO and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance President, he was excited about the lower statistics, even though the work is not done.

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The main stage at Bridge Bash will have opening ceremonies Saturday morning at 10. Several bands and individuals will perform throughout the day, with Nashville recording artist Dan Smalley taking the stage at 6 p.m. as the headliner.

Other events include the 5k run for hunger, a disc golf tournament, the Bridge Bash rides car, truck and bike show, a Baggo tournament and a dog costume contest. In addition, the paddle for hunger kayak race will be held at Big Spring Park in Cotter. To pre-register for events, Stand Up for Hope, VIP parking passes and event information, look for the Bridge Bash on Facebook.

Volunteers are also being sought for meal packaging. For more information, contact the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas at 870-499-7565.

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