Giving Back : One Dollar + Canned Food Grants Access to Pool in December

During the month of December, The Jones Center offers visitors the opportunity to help their community while getting in a winter swim.  Swimmers will be charged the reduced price of $1 if they bring in a canned food donation during public swimming sessions.

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“We realize that families are looking for ways to stay active during the Christmas break,” said Director of Recreation, Michael Kirk, “and think this reduced price is a great way to invite folks in while helping the less fortunate in the community.”  He went on to say that all donated canned and non-perishable food will go to the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank. 

Robert Gearhart, of the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank explained, “80% of children in Northwest Arkansas are on free/ reduced lunch.  During Christmas vacation these children and their families rely more heavily on meals from the food bank.  Food drives that end after the holiday season help assure that food banks will have resources to provide for those who are food insecure throughout the following winter months.”  Mr. Gearhart went on to say that hey need the following list of items:

  • Canned Meats
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Fruit Cups
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Cereal
  • Dry Beans
  • Rice
  • Boxed Dinners
  • Dry Milk Powder

The Jones Center will be taking the food donations both at the recreation desk (where swimmers enter the pool) and at the reception desk where members of the community are welcome to donate.

Public swimming sessions are Monday through Friday from 4:30pm to 7:45 pm, Saturday from noon to 7:45 pm, and Sunday from 1:30pm to 4:45 pm. For more information about the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank please visit their website: http://www.nwafoodbank.org./