In this episode of the Chamber Voice of Business Podcast, VP of Downtown Development Karen Wagaman visits with Kent Eikenberry, President and CEO of the NWA Food Bank, a nonprofit organization that addresses the significant needs-related food insecurity in our region. Every day the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank works to provide access to quality food in a timely manner to tens of thousands of people in the four-county area.
Kent Eikenberry : Listening to my heart Leoti, Kansas Leoti, pronounced "Lee-OH-Tah." is a city in and the county seat of Wichita County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 1,534. History Leoti was founded in 1885 by a company of men from Garden City, Kansas. Two years later, in 1887, it was involved in the bloodiest county seat fight in the history of the American West. The shoot-out was on February 27, 1887, when men—some would say hired gunmen—from Leoti, went to the neighboring, rival town of Coronado and left several people dead and wounded. A small town called Farmer City which was located between Coronado and Leoti, was hoped by some to become the county seat—which would end the fighting. Leoti later won the right to become the county seat and now the two other towns consist mainly of farmland. ______ Kansas State University https://www.k-state.edu Experience the Wildcat Way It doesn't matter if you ask a long-time professor, recent graduate, passionate alum or a fresh-eyed freshman. Pick a member of the K-State community at random and ask him or her what it means to be a Wildcat, and you will most likely get a one-word answer: Family. ______ Independence Reporter https://indydailyreporter.com ______ NWA Democrat Gazette http://www.nwaonline.com ______ Poplar House Clinic 207 W Poplar St Rogers, AR 72756 Facility has closed ______ Mercy Hospital, Rogers AR https://www.mercy.net/practice/mercy-hospital-northwest-arkansas/ ______ Northwest Arkansas Community College https://nwacc.edu/ MISSION Empower Lives, Inspire Learning and Strengthen Community, through Accessible, Affordable, Quality Education. VISION Positively changing the lives of those we serve. SERVICE AREA NWACC's service area is defined by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education as Benton and Washington counties in northwest Arkansas. ______ NWA Food Bank https://www.nwafoodbank.org OUR MISSION is to nourish Northwest Arkansas Communities by Feeding Hungry People. OUR VISION is to be the leader in hunger relief by building partnerships with other hunger relief organization. RESPECT We respect the inherent worth and dignity of every person and treat all with justice, equality and compassion. We honor the lives, concerns and stories of people in need and expect our staff and member agencies to do the same. We accept one another and encourage diversity of thoughts and ideas. STEWARDSHIP AND ACCOUNTABILITY We keep faith with the public trust through the efficient and compassionate use of resources entrusted to us and are mindful that our mission is accomplished through the generosity of others. We maintain and communicate accurate and timely information on hunger research, education, advocacy and service. We evaluate and account regularly for how resources are used to implement and achieve our mission. COLLABORATION We believe in the power of community. We collaborate and build strong relationships, based on trust, with and among those who share our vision. We work together to accomplish the mission in our regions, valuing each other's roles and using an open process and honest communication. We seek out and are responsive to the input and counsel of our staff and member agencies URGENCY We operate with an acute sense of urgency that reflects the immediate needs of hungry people. We challenge our employees, volunteers and member agencies to embrace the same sense of urgency to accomplish our shared vision. SERVICE We believe service to others is fundamental in working towards our mission. We serve with excellence, compassion and responsiveness to meet the needs of those with whom we work, internally and externally. The better we serve, the more people we bring together in commitment to our vision. INTEGRITY We act with honesty, trust and openness and deliver on commitments. We act within the spirit of agreements, contracts and the law. Our intentions and actions will be transparent and above reproach. DIVERSITY We believe that the ethnic, cultural and social diversity of our nation should be reflected in our staff, Board and network. ______