Food prepared twice daily at Elaine's Waves of Prayer kitchen provided meals for about 100 children during June and July.  The Arkansas Food Bank was the official sponsor. Waves of Prayer was the community partner that prepared meals and served them at the Poindexter Fiser Park, Lake View Community Center, and Waves of Prayer main facility. 

Food prepared twice daily at Elaine's Waves of Prayer kitchen provided meals for about 100 children during June and July.  The Arkansas Food Bank was the official sponsor. Waves of Prayer was the community partner that prepared meals and served them at the Poindexter Fiser Park, Lake View Community Center, and Waves of Prayer main facility. 

    Throughout the summer, special activities centered on the meals.   For example, a performing arts day camp, Heroes of Elaine, was offered by the Notch Theater Company; basketball was provided in collaboration with the City of Lake View and coached by Frank King; a water slide went up one day at the Poindexter Fiser Park.  

No matter what activity was offered, on each day eating a healthy meal came first. 

    "The summer was a great time to work with our children and youth.  They are eager to help, visit with adults, and have a good time.  A few traveled into Helena for swimming lessons but next year we need to be able to provide that experience for more children so everyone learns how to swim," Assistant Director James White said.

      "Plans for next year include a full summer of organized activities that provide opportunities for the young people of South Phillips County to excel in their varied areas of interest – from sports to performing arts to chess to research to community service," Program Director Dr. Mary Olson explained.  "It is great to work with young people who want to make a difference in their community and be the best they can be," she added.

       The Arkansas Food Bank and Waves of Prayer are equal service providers.