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Pie It Forward

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Meals on Wheels provides food for thousands of Arkansas seniors.

However, for the very first time, federal funding cuts forced the group to incorporate a wait list into its service.

There's a way you can help this organization---while enjoying a delicious holiday treat.

Arkansas is at the top of the list when it comes to elderly people in our state who are hungry.

"There are about 200,000 in Arkansas who are food insecure, living in poverty or living alone," says Meredith Hale with CareLink. 

That's where Meals on Wheels steps in, by making home-cooked meals.

"In the entire state of Arkansas, there are 38,000 people who receive Meals on Wheels every day," she adds.

But federal funding cuts last year put the program in a bind. For the first time, they couldn't take on new clients. 

Last fall they created a fundraiser called Pie it Forward to help. It was so successful the wait list was gone by the spring. Now they're doing it again.

"We are making from scratch apple pies and sweet potato pies," Hale continues.

Volunteers will be making the pies on Nov. 16 and 21.

"They're $13 for a 10-inch pie and 100 percent of proceeds goes to Meals on Wheels," she explains. 

The deadline to order a pie is Friday, Nov. 9.

You can get them just in time to bring a pie made from scratch to Thanksgiving lunch -- a sweet way to help a worthy cause and to feed Arkansans in need.


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