Food Drive for Backpack Programs To Be a Part of 2018 Fulton County Fair July 23-28

The Fulton County Fair is always willing to help our youth and when one of our sponsors approached us with the idea of having a food drive for the backpack program during the Fulton County Fair we were happy to be a part of it.

First Community Bank is committed to supporting communities where they serve. The future of any community relies on the youth who make up those communities. For both counties, it is important these children are taken care of and one way to do that is by supporting local food backpack programs. 

The Cherokee Elementary and Salem, Viola and Mammoth Spring Schools in Fulton County are lucky to have backpack programs in place to help combat hunger. First Community Bank recognizes the need and knows the importance of youth in these communities and is co-sponsoring food drives at each respective county’s fair. 

John Kunkel, Loan & Business Development Officer with First Community Bank, is excited to be on board with the initiative. “At First Community Bank, we believe in supporting and empowering youth to maximize their learning potential. A child that is hungry cannot focus and learn. Right here in our community we have a large percentage of children that face food insecurity each and every day. We appreciate our schools for implementing the food backpack programs, and we are proud to be one of the sponsors and supporters of this great initiative.”

In Fulton County, Salem VFW Post #9777 and Auxiliary have partnered with First Community Bank, Heart of the Ozarks United Way and Fulton County Fair Board to raise donations for the various backpack programs throughout the county. Kid-friendly food is being accepted at Friday night bingo from now until the week of the Fulton County Fair, July 23-28 at the VFW Post. 

Kenneth Johnson, with Johnson Brothers Amusement, has donated $200 cash from advanced armband sales from the Fulton County Fair to support the backpack program in Fulton County as well. Cash donations are welcome and should be left at the Fulton County Fair Office, the Fulton County Judge’s Office, or at First Community Bank in Highland/Ash Flat.

The Fulton County Fair is also offering a reduced price gate admission on Friday night with a “kid friendly” food donation. Admission to the concert is free with the paid gate admission of $5.00 for teens and adults and $3.00 for age  6-12.

During the Friday (July 28) night concert featuring Lockhouse Orchestra at Fulton County Fair, guests will also have the chance to register to win gift baskets with donated items from local businesses and special packages. 

Approved foods for backpack programs in both counties are: fruit cups (applesauce or mixed fruit), pudding cups, juice boxes, packages of peanut butter and crackers, Yahoo chocolate milk Chef Boyardee ravioli, Vienna sausage, cereal bar packs, cereal boxes and macaroni and cheese boxes.