Anabelle Berry retires as CEO Publicity Chair.     As we welcome Doris Patneau as the new chairperson of the publicity committee, we thank Anabelle for her 23 years of service, so far, to CEO.  She started working at CEO about 1995 and  took over publicity in 2006. At that time we had a one page newsletter that was distributed only to the churches.  She expanded the newsletter to two, and sometimes three, pages. It now includes photos and is sent not only to the churches but also to a list of  individual supporters via email.  Under her leadership we joined the Internet age with an email address, a web site, and a facebook page. CEO has been featured on KUAF and the AR Democrat-Gazette.  She also created a CEO brochure that can be distributed to interested supporters. Our thanks to Anabelle Berry!

And Between the Juniors and the Seniors...

We love the youngsters who work at CEO, and we know that many of our volunteers are retired, and are able to work during the day when we are open, but those often called Millennials should not be forgotten. This past spring 4 students from the University of Arkansas received class credit for volunteering at CEO, shadowing interviewers and working in the food room. We believe that they valued the real world experience as much as the class credit, and CEO was glad for this collaboration between the community and the University.

CEO is now the proud owner of a new 5000 cubic foot freezer, thanks to the NWA Food Bank and a grant from the Walmart Foundation. This will greatly increase our storage space and enable us to double the amount of meat that we can provide to our clients, ensuring the availability of more high quality protein.

The new freezer gave us space for the 1200 pounds of chicken received through the Lift Up Americaevent (pictured far right). This was a collaboration between the NWA Food Bank, whose personnel provided

the organizational support, Tyson Foods, who provided the chicken, and the University of Arkansas Athletic Dept, which provided the muscle to move and load the boxes.

A heartfelt thank you to all of these groups for their community support!


Tom and Jean Jacobsen, of Jacobsen Tours in Fayetteville, made the holidays a little brighter for many CEO clients.  For Thanksgiving and Christmas the Jacobsens donated 100 hams and turkeys, sweet potatoes, russet potatoes, apples, and oranges, to make the holiday extra special for many of our neighbors.  This the fourth year that we have been blessed with the generous donations from the Jacobsens.  
Thank you, Tom & Jean!

NWA Food Bank & CEO

After previously naming CEO as their Agency of the Year, the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank is again showing appreciation for CEO.
Food Bank representatives Casey Cowan, Barbara Carter, Jordan Gershon, Kent & Diana Eikenberry, Mike Williams, Travis Sorensen, and Austin Harms recently spent a day cleaning flower beds, weeding, trimming bushes, and bagging chicken.
Food Bank is also providing to CEO, through a grant from Walmart, a walk in freezer that will enable CEO to expand our storage facilities for meat, chicken, and other frozen items.

CEO is honored to have been named one of the two Agencies of the Year by the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank. This recognition by the Food Bank, which serves 160 agencies in 4 counties, is a testament to the work of CEO, and we are proud of the acknowledgment. While much of the food that CEO distributes is donated, 60% of CEO's food needs are purchased from the food bank.

Left: CEO President Joe Dushan receives a certificate and $1,000 grant for food purchases from Food Bank representative Gerald Demory. 

News from Fall and Winter, 2016, and Spring 2017

Razorbacks Are Winners!

CEO is once again so grateful to these young men from the University of Arkansas track team who recently donated their Saturday to hold a food drive at Harp's grocery on Crossover Rd in Fayetteville. Thanks to these Razorbacks for supporting CEO and our community!

The Quaker Meeting will once again hold a rummage sale to benefit CEO. This year's sale will be on Sat, Feb 11, 2017 at Rolling Hills Baptist Church, from 8:00-1:00. Donations can be dropped off Feb 6 through Feb 9, from 8:30-2:30. Set up will be Friday, Feb 10. All donations of clothing and linens should be clean and in good condition.For more information contact Margaret Britain at 479-236-0926 or

The Season of Giving...

Once again we are grateful to Tom and Jean Jacobsen of Jacobsen Tours for their donation of hams, turkeys, apples, and potatoes to enable many of our clients to have a special holiday dinner.

Betty Carson and her daughter Sandi Minter have been providing eggs, a welcome addition for our clients who often receive only canned food.

Food donations have also been received from Seeds that Feed, Fayetteville Lions, Fayetteville Parks & Recreation, and member churches Sequoyah United Methodist, Central United Methodist, Quakers, First Baptist Fayetteville, Farmington United Methodist, Emmanuel Lutheran, St John's Lutheran, First United Presbyterian, Good Shepherd Lutheran, St Joseph's Catholic, First Christian, and Spay Arkansas for pet food donation.

We could not do what we do without all of you! 

Shop 'Til You Drop!

These youngsters are having a great time shopping for CEO at the Kids Life Store at Central United Methodist Church. Jennifer Kid and Stacey White, of CUMC, created the store for the children to shop, and cereal was selected as a much needed item. Over 280 boxes of cereal were delivered to CEO through the work of the CUMC Good Sam Ministry, providing over 1000 food servings.

More Than Just Books...

The Fayetteville Public Library has once again made CEO the recipient of their Food for Fees program, allowing library patrons to donate non-perishable food items in lieu of late fees. FPL employees Jonathan Atha and Sam Palmer delivered 1640 pounds of food to the CEO pantry. We want to thank everyone at the library who gave their time to assist in this program!

High 5 for 4H

12 year old Cason Frisby is a representative of the Bethel Grove 4H club located in Farmington. His 4H group collected a car load of food and paper goods for CEO. This serves as a reminder that CEO serves more than Fayetteville. Farmington, Lincoln, Elkins, Prairie Grove, West Fork, and Winslow are all served by CEO. Thank you Cason and all of the Bethel Grove 4H'ers!

Brews For Blessings   

Emmanuel Lutheran Church hosted the second annual Brews for Blessings on Sat, Oct 1st, raising $5,141 for CEO. Pictured are Tom Stockland, Bob Koenig, Joe Dushan, Beth Armstrong, and Carleen Ringgenbergs. Thanks to all who worked this event, and to the generosity of the participating breweries: Core, Fossil Cove, Columbus House, and Bike Rack.

News from Summer, 2016

Stamp Out Hunger

Joyce Street PO
            Once again CEO is indebted to the Joyce Street Post Office workers for including us as a recipient of their annual Stamp Out Hunger drive. Over 1400 pounds of food was collected by mail carriers donated to CEO!  We send sincere thanks to all the postal workers who volunteered their time collecting and boxing the food.

               Make mine a PB&J    

    Another youngster from Sequoyah United Methodist, Ella Luningham, decided to collect peanut butter and jelly to donate to CEO for a school project. These items are especially  prized at CEO because peanut butter provides a good source of protein, and it is expensive if it must be purchased with CEO funds. She managed to collect 98 jars! Way to go, Ella!

Among the many others we want to thank for their generous donations this spring:

  •  St Joseph's Catholic Church, whose spring food drive collected 230 bags of food
  •  Central United Methodist for their monthly food drives of "designated items", such as  cereal, canned fruit, or toiletries
  • Bobbi Okimoto for regularly picking up and delivering 30 dozen eggs from the UA Poultry department
  • Dr Steve Worden's University of Arkansas class for donations of detergent
  •  Seeds That Feed for their donations of fresh produce
  •  St Joseph's Vacation Bible School, for their summer project of collecting cereal, canned goods, and toiletries
  •  Food donations from Emmanuel Lutheran, Farmington United Methodist, Quakers, First Christian Church, St Joseph students, First Baptist Fayetteville, Trinity United Methodist, Washington Co Retired Teachers
  •   Spay Arkansas for over two hundred pounds of pet food

Thank you all!

March 19, 2016:  Men's track and women's tennis & swimming teams collected over 1500 pounds of food for CEO at the Walmart on MLK as part of the Razorback food drive.

Latest News and Photos:  December, 2015

 Tom and Jean Jacobsen of Jacobsen Tours  donated  50 thanksgiving turkeys.  A big Thank You for this donation, as well as the 400 apples and oranges that they provided for Christmas.

 Many Thanks To ....

  • Mary Lou Newport for a donation in honor of Melissa & Jim Newport Fayetteville Lions Club for a large donation of diapers & other toiletries Spay Arkansas for a donation of pet food.
  • Seven year old Bowen Forbis, of Central United Methodist, with the food donations that he requested in lieu of gifts at his birthday party. Thank you, Bowen, and Happy Birthday! 
  • Bikes, Blues, and BBQ has announced that CEO will be the recipient of a $1000 grant. 
  • The rummage sale sponsored by the Quakers raised an amazing $2100! Thank you to Rolling Hills Baptist Church for the use of their facilities, and to everyone who volunteered, donated, & shopped at the sale.

  Razorback Athletes can often be found working at CEO. Here the women's tennis team works with CEO volunteer Maxine LeBlanc bagging frozen chicken. Earlier another group of University of Arkansas athletes held a drive at Harp's grocery and collected 860 pounds of food.  We at CEO remain grateful for the ongoing support that we receive from the Razorback Athletic Dept

 Recognizing Our Own   We want to recognize two of our very special volunteers. Dr Wade Burnside has recently retired from his responsibilities at CEO. Dr Burnside has been a volunteer at CEO since the 1990's. For over a decade he has been responsible for picking up bread and delivering it to CEO on a weekly basis. We want to thank Dr Burnside and honor him for his many years of dedication.   Jane Gearhart, another long time CEO volunteer and past board president, has been honored by having the food pantry at the University of Arkansas named for her. In naming the Jane B Gearhart Full Circle Food Pantry the University has acknowledged her commitment to food security for residents of Northwest Arkansas, and we salute her. 

Latest News and Photos: October 7,2015

 On Left Tom Stockland & Bob Kroening representing Emmanuel Lutheran Church presented a check to CEO representatives Linda Eichmann & Michele Del Sol from their recent Brews for Blessings fundraiser. 

Thanks to ELC, and to the participating breweries Core Brewing, Columbus House Brewery, Fossil Cove Brewing, and Bike Rack Brewing.

 John Bollinger, of the Bank of Fayetteville, congratulates Joe Dushan, Beth Armstrong, and Linda Eichmann on the successful pay off of the loan for the purchase, renovation and expansion of the CEO building at 1649 E. Huntsville Road, Fayetteville, AR. As a result of the CEO Capital Campaign, and thanks to many generous donors, CEO owns the building less than 2 years after moving from Rock Street. 

Click here to see photos of the August 1, 2015 Celebration

Feed the Mind AND the Body: Altrusa International

We know that CEO's pantry provides food to those in need. The local Altrusa International chapter is helping to feed the minds of the children in CEO families. They recently provided two boxes of children's books for the CEO lobby. Not only can the children look at the books while the parent is at CEO, each child can select one book to take home. We love being able to provide this extra benefit!

These are pictures of the Celebration Reception on Saturday, August 1, 2015.

  We celebrate the payoff for all debt on the new building!

Spring 2015 

This Sunday School class from Sequoyah United Methodist Church celebrated Jesus' birthday by compiling birthday kits for CEO. Each kit contained a cake pan, cake and frosting mix, candles, paper plates and napkins. One mother who came to CEO was thrilled to be able to take a kit home to celebrate her son's birthday

(Razorback athletes recently held a food drive for CEO at the MLK Walmart in Fayetteville. The group collected 2150 pounds of food. The athletes, along with their mentor, Rodger Hunter, have held two other food drives at Harps grocery in the past year, as well as volunteering on a regular basis in the CEO pantry.      We appreciate all of you so much!


Thank you for recent food donations from

Central United Methodist Church
Farmington Boy Scouts
Fayetteville Boy Scout Troop 142
Feed Fayetteville
First Baptist Fayetteville
Rolling Hills Baptist
Sequoyah United Methodist
Thanks to St Thomas Catholic for working both inside and outside of the building

Gifts of Love in memory of:

  • Kevin Schatzman, from Tim Schatzman
  • Len Clark, from Sara & Jeff Koenig
  • Bertrand Vachon, from Paul & Maxine LeBlanc
  • Nan Remy, from Sandra Womack, Martha Shreve
  • Jim Newport, from Mona Holt, Mrs. Edward Baskett, Patrica Walden, Tim & Sherri Owens, Janice L Knight, George & Shirlene Gonzales

Gifts of Love in honor of:

  • Marilyn McCord, from GW & HF Lee
  • Jim & Mary Lou Newport, from Melissa
  • Judy Carey, from Genie Donovan
  • Margot Martin, from Barbara Moorman
  • Herta & Ismael Virella, from Randall & Dollie Resh
A dinner was held (February 10, 2015)  for Melissa Newport, who has retired from the board after serving as treasurer for 13 years.  President Joe Dushan presented her with a paperweight commemorating her years of service.

From the 2014 Fall and HolidaySeason

This group from Davita Dialysis in Springdale held a food drive, made a donation to our capital campaign, and spent the day bagging and sorting food at the CEO office.

Tom and Jean Jacobsen of Jacobsen Tours in Fayetteville played Santa for CEO and donated 100 Thanksgiving and Christmas meals with ham, turkey, and all of the fixings!

Library employees Jonathan Atha and Sam Palmer pose with some of the 3060 pounds of food that they helped to deliver.

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