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Kiwanis Club Hands Out Food Baskets

Posted: December 25, 2013 at 5 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO BEN GOFF Zachary Burns, 7, retrieves two food boxes Tuesday while volunteering with his father to help the Kiwanis Club of Bentonville during the service organization’s annual food basket giveaway in the former Benton County Daily Record building in downtown Bentonville. According to organizers, this year’s event should help 500-600 families in need.

Fifty-eight years ago the Kiwanis Club of Bentonville helped 15 local families in need by giving them food baskets on Christmas Eve.

By The Numbers

Food Baskets

Each Christmas Eve the Kiwanis Club of Bentonville gives food baskets away to local families in need. Here’s some quick facts about the event.

First year: 1955

Families served in 1955: 15

Families served this year: Between 500 and 600

Volunteers: 75, included Key Club members, Boy Scouts and players from the Rogers High School football team

Monetary donations received: $4,000

Amount of food: More than 10,000 pounds

Source: Staff Report

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