RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. --There are 276 families in the Arkansas River Valley that will enjoy a traditional holiday meal thanks to the combined efforts of Arkansas Tech University students and the Salvation Army.
Helping Halls, an initiative that encourages Arkansas Tech students living in residence halls to help provide holiday meals to the less fortunate, donated 276 food kits to the Salvation Army for the 2015 holiday season.
Each kit costs approximately $13, meaning that Tech students donated approximately $3,588 worth of food during the 2015 program to help the Arkansas River Valley community.
In nine years, the Helping Halls program has helped provide 2,585 food kits to area residents in need.
The meal kits have many of the staples of a traditional holiday meal, including turkey gravy, canned sweet potatoes, green beans, corn, cranberries, pie filling, stuffing mix, boxed mashed potatoes mix, marshmallows and a pie crust.