March is Northwest Arkansas Food Bank month at Community Blood Center of the Ozarks!
We’re focusing on each of our 10 non-profit LifePoints Lift partner agencies throughout the year, to help educate the public on the vital work that they each perform.
LifePoints and LifePoints Lift
When you donate blood at CBCO and sign up for our LifePoints rewards program, you’ll receive LifePoints as a “Thank you” gift each time you donate. When it’s time to redeem your LifePoints, you have the option of giving them to one of our ten LifePoints Lift partner agencies. CBCO converts them to cash and sends it to the non-profits.
It’s a great way to help two non-profits at the same time — CBCO with your lifesaving gift of blood and Northwest Arkansas Food Bank with your LifePoints which allows the organization to make sure more students will have access to immediate funding for health, hunger, and hygiene needs so they can stay in school and be successful.
You’ll receive LifePoints for your donations all year round, and you can give your LifePoints to one of our agency partners at any time. Not just in March. But March is our time to share information about Northwest Arkansas Food Bank.
Northwest Arkansas Food Bank
Northwest Arkansas Food Bank was founded 1988 to serve four Northwest Arkansas counties by providing an affordable and credible food source to its partner agencies serving the hungry.
NWA Food Bank currently has about 150 partner agencies ranging from food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and many more. Since 1988, NWA Food Bank has grown to serve 150 partner agencies and distributed 8.2 million pounds of food in 2015.
- Over 121,000 people are food insecure in the four-county area served by Northwest Arkansas Food Bank.
- 1 in 4 NWA residents are food insecure.
- 14% of Senior Citizens in NWA are food insecure.
- 38% of the clients served are under the age of 18.
- 61% of students in NWA on free and reduced meal programs.
- Northwest Arkansas leads the state in food insecurity.
- Arkansas has the second highest rate of food insecurity in the United States – 20% of Arkansans do not know where their next meal will come from.
- Arkansas has the highest rate of senior hunger in the United States.
To learn more about Northwest Arkansas Food Bank, click HERE.
Community Blood Center of the Ozarks
Founded in 1995, CBCO has grown to serve 40 counties in three states and is the sole supplier of blood and blood products to more than 40 hospitals in southwest Missouri, northwest Arkansas, and southeast Kansas.
More than 65,000 donations of blood are required each year to meet the transfusion needs of our friends and neighbors. We at CBCO take the responsibility of providing that blood very seriously.
Our mission states that we will achieve this goal in a timely manner, at the lowest reasonable fee, while remaining accountable to the local community, blood donors and health care providers. With your help, we can accomplish this goal each and every day.
To make your appointment to donate blood at CBCO, click HERE.
If you’d like to sign in to your CBCO account to check your LifePoints balance or donate your LifePoints to one of our LifePoints Lift partner agencies, click HERE.