Established in 1989 by Fellowship Bible Church of Northwest Arkansas as a clothing ministry and food pantry, the SCC evolved and became a standalone nonprofit organization that strives to serve those who are hungry and hurting around Northwest Arkansas. In 2003, the Church gave SCC a 19,000-square-foot building, and in 2004, the SCC opened a second location to serve those around Washington County.
Since SCC is a nonprofit organization, it relies heavily on the support of the community. It takes more than 300 volunteers each month to complete all of its activities, and the SCC needs help with the following areas:
*Samaritan Café: Volunteers assist with cooking and preparing free hot lunches as well as serving the food.
* Samaritan Health Clinic: Volunteer dentists, oral surgeons, dental assistants, and hygienists provide emergency dental and medical care for adults.
* Samaritan Kids: Volunteers fill containers with healthy snacks, which go to more than 6,500 pre-kindergarten and elementary school children each week. These children are at-risk for hunger or lack food to eat on the weekends. Volunteers also help with Backpacks for Kids, which is a school supply drive offered annually in late July. They fill backpacks with grade-appropriate school supplies and deliver these items to the children prior to the start of school.