City of Fort Smith Spotlight of the Month is..

The Community services Clearinghouse


The Community Services Clearinghouse, Inc. has, since 1979, served as an information sharing agency to provide for the needs of families and individuals in the area who are facing emergency situations. The Clearinghouse works with churches, civic groups, community agencies, and schools. Their primary focus continues to be assisting cancer and hospice patients, the elderly, the disabled, and children as well as working families. (Totally Amazing)!!!!

The Clearinghouse serves five counties in Arkansas and two in Oklahoma. They are Crawford, Sebastian, Logan, Scott and Franklin in Arkansas and Leflore and Sequoyah in Oklahoma. They have a food pantry of both non-perishable and fresh or frozen foods for the same population.

The Clearinghouse is the best known in the area as the provider of the MEALS FOR KIDS Backpack Program. Each week they prepare and distribute over 2,800 backpacks of food to children in the area schools so they have food for the weekend. This program alone costs about $400,000 a year to operate. They are blessed with many faithful donors and a working board, but they are in constant need of reaching new donors to meet the increasing demand. This organization serves roughly 6,000 families representing some 20,000 individual, many of whom are children under the age of 16.

The City of Fort Smith is proud to have this amazing organization in Fort Smith!!!! You can help this organization by volunteering, donating food or money. The Community Service Clearing House can be reached at 782-5074 or

You can help make a difference – I did!  Wendy Mathis