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 Southland donates $600,000 to charities
Mid-South Food Bank and East Arkansas Family Health Center benefit
WEST MEMPHIS — Southland Casino Racing, in collaboration with its parent company, Delaware North, recently donated at total of $600,000 to two Mid-South organizations that serve the Crittenden County community.
Mid-South Food Bank received $325,000 toward its mobile food pantry, and the East Arkansas Family Health Center received $275,000 to fund the development of an OB-GYN program.
The donations, announced on “Giving Tuesday,” represent the most recent of Southland’s significant financial gifts to charitable, educational and community organizations in West Memphis, Crittenden County and the region. In 2019, for example, Southland donated more than $260,000 to variety of organizations.
Presenting the donations at Southland were Lou Jacobs, Delaware North CEO; David Wolf, Southland Casino Racing president and general manager; and Johnekia Catron, Southland’s community engagement manager.
“Being a good neighbor is a key part of our mission at Delaware North and Southland Casino Racing,” said Lou Jacobs, CEO, Delaware North. “We are grateful for partners like Mid-South Food Bank and East Arkansas Family Health Center for their work to address the critical needs of this community, and we hope these investments make a meaningful impact to advance that work.”
The organizations were identified by Southland through a community needs assessment that revealed two significant areas of hardship: food insecurity and access to women’s healthcare. Crittenden County has a significant food insecurity rate that is rising due to the pandemic. While for women, the nearest OB-GYN without crossing into another state is 39
Mid-South Food Bank receives $325,000 from Southland Casino Racing.
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East Arkansas Family Health Center receives $275,000 from Southland.
miles from the area.
The $325,000 donation to the Mid-South
Food Bank will allow the organization to add to its mobile pantry operations to improve the efficiency of food distribution in Crittenden County and reach “food
desert” areas. In addition, the funds will establish and provide food for two Healthy School Pantries that play a crucial role in providing children and their families
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