The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 39, Ron Warnock of Paris and Camp Hope for Heroes, a home for homeless veterans at Chaffee Crossing near Fort Smith, are working on a plan to create a distribution hub in Paris to process and distribute meat to the needy in a five county area, Warnock said last week.
Warnock said last week the idea started with a phone call he received from Scott Bollman, CEO of Camp Hope for Heroes.
"We were talking about a plan to help feed veterans and their families," Warnock said. "So, we set up a meeting in Paris."
Warnock said the plan was then expanded to reach out not only to veterans and their families, but to anyone who is needing meat.
"There are people out there who are hungry," Warnock said. "They are having to choose between buying medicine and food and they wind up not having enough food. That’s unforgivable in this country."
The meeting took place last week and was held at the DAV building on Courthouse Square. On hand were Warnock, officials from the DAV chapter and Camp Hope For Heroes. Paris Mayor Daniel Rogers was also in attendance. Another meeting is being scheduled which will include Ronnie Ridder, chairperson of Hunters for the Hungry, a program in which hunters donate meat to be distributed to the needy.
Warnock also said that John Gronwald, who moved back to Paris earlier this year, has donated his father’s butcher shop and storage facility to the project. Last Friday, Warnock delivered a freezer, to Gronwald.
"Right now, I’m getting everything cleaned up and ready to go," Gronwald said. "With the new freezer, I have two freezers and a meat locker I can use to store meat. I’m just trying to help out the best way I can."
Warnock also said the groups will try to get food donated from the Food Bank and other organizations.
"The food will be brought here, processed here and distributed from here to a five county area," Warnock said.
Those counties, according to Warnock, will be Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian, Farnklin and Logan.
For more information, or to help with this project, contact Warnock at 518-0840 or 963-2848 or the DAV Chapter at 963-8001.