No Arkansan should ever go to bed hungry.
With your help, they won’t.
According to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap 2015 report, Arkansas ranks among the highest in the nation in food insecurity at 19.7 percent for households and 28.4 percent of children. That means Arkansans — more than almost any other Americans — are often unsure of where they will get their next meal. Arkansas children, for whom school lunch and breakfast may be the only meals they can depend on, are at risk. More than 1 in 4 Arkansas children is food insecure with 29 percent living below the poverty level. The working poor, whose paychecks will not buy a month’s worth of groceries, must find alternative sources of food. The elderly, who too often must choose between their prescriptions and their groceries, are going without. Arkansas has a higher rate of food insecurity among seniors than any other state in the nation.This is reality for far too many of our fellow Arkansans.
The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, through our member food banks, hunger relief agencies, volunteers and corporate partners, is committed to providing programs, food resources, education and advocacy to reduce hunger in Arkansas. Your interest and generosity will help us succeed.
Serving up Solutions is the Alliance’s annual fundraising event. The event includes dinner, served to guests by members of the Arkansas Legislative Hunger Caucus, as well as silent and live auctions. Proceeds go to support the programs and operations of the Alliance and to provide grants to food banks, pantries and other hunger agencies in the districts of legislators who participate in the event. Serving up Solutions was a finalist for Best Charity Event in the 2014 Arkansas Times Best of Arkansas reader survey.
Co-Chairs for this year’s event are Ruth and Lance Whitney. Sponsorships are available. For tickets, please contact Lynne Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
New rules are now in place limiting the time able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) can receive SNAP benefits. To learn more about these new rules, click here.
With more than 584,000 Arkansans considered food insecure, it’s more important than ever that we support programs and organizations that put food on the tables of hungry Arkansans, and help connect those in need with the resources that are available to them.
Advances in technology and economic pressures have reduced the supply of surplus food that previously went to the national and local charitable food networks. Gleaning, the age old practice of hand picking what is left after the harvest to feed those in need, is making a resurgence. Thanks to the efforts of the Arkansas Gleaning Project and Arkansas growers more than 6 million pounds of gleaned produce has found its way to food banks, pantries and other agencies across our state.
In 2009, Arkansas ranked first in the nation in childhood hunger. Share Our Strength, a national non-profit organization, chose our state to assist in efforts to reduce childhood hunger. With the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance as lead partner, the Governor’s office , Midwest Dairy Council and corporate partners, Walmart, Weight Watchers and Tyson Foods, launched the Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign with the goal of ending childhood hunger in Arkansas.