More than 200,000 Arkansas children (or 1 in 4) are at risk of not getting the food they need to lead healthy, active lives. For many, school lunch is the only regular meal they can depend on getting each day. The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and the No Kid Hungry Campaign, working in conjunction with Arkansas Department of Human Services, Arkansas Department of Education, and other agencies, are working to end childhood hunger in Arkansas. To help insure that children have the nutrition they need when school is not in session, the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance staff assists organizations in applying for available United States Department of Agriculture food assistance programs administered through the Arkansas Department of Human Services. These programs help ensure children get healthy, nutritious meals year round. By taking part in these USDA programs, organizations such as churches, boys and girls clubs, schools, community centers, and others who are interested in feeding children are reimbursed at a designated rate to help provide meals for children when school is not in session. The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance works with all groups interested in adding meal services for kids, although the campaign is specifically targeting those areas where 50% or more of school students qualify for free or reduced-price school meals.
In addition to reimbursement for meals, grant resources for capacity building to become an ADHS authorized sponsor are also available through the No Kid Hungry Arkansas Campaign. Capacity building grants are meant to help sponsors overcome barriers, such as transportation or equipment issues, and range up to $3000 per site for summer programs and $1500 per site for afterschool programs. The No Kid Hungry Arkansas Campaign also offers assistance on budgeting, outreach, and volunteer recruiting. If you would like more information about how to start or expand your organization’s food service program, contact Justin Keller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 501.399.9999.
About the Alliance
Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance is a non-profit collaborative network of more than 250 hunger relief organizations across Arkansas including the Arkansas Foodbank in Little Rock, the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas in Jonesboro, Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank in Texarkana, Food Bank of North Central Arkansas in Norfork, Northwest Arkansas Food Bank in Bethel Heights and River Valley Regional Food Bank in Fort Smith who are dedicated to reducing hunger through direct relief, education and advocacy. We invite you to visit www.ARhungeralliance.org for details on hunger relief programs and volunteer opportunities.