The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, provides low income families with additional resources to purchase food each month. We are in need of more people across the state who can help us make sure those who qualify for SNAP benefits are enrolled in the program. If you would like to become a SNAP Outreach Volunteer, contact Tomiko Townley, Older Adult & Snap Outreach Manager, at email@example.com or 399-9999 for dates and times of upcoming SNAP Outreach Trainings.
Take the SNAP Challenge
It may be difficult for most people to imagine what it’s like to depend on SNAP benefits, even for a short time. FRAC, the Food Research and Action Center has been instrumental in promoting the SNAP Challenges to help educate the public and opinion leaders about what it means to live on a restricted budget.
Most participants take the SNAP Challenge for one week, living on the average daily food stamp benefit of approximately $4 per person per day. This means making difficult food shopping choices and finding creative ways to avoid hunger while staying healthy.
It’s one thing to do the Challenge for a week, it’s another to struggle week in and week out over many months to afford food on a limited budget. Taking the SNAP Challenge yourself —or hosting a Challenge in your community —will raise awareness of the value of SNAP benefits to families with low incomes and why the program must be protected. FRAC has developed a toolkit and sample materials (here) to use in bringing the SNAP Challenge to your organization or community. Many participants record their impressions as they go through the Challenge, video taping or blogging about their experiences. Let us know what your experience was like, and we may post your video on our website.
Arkansas Gleaning Project
Farmers allow us to go into their fields along with our gleaning partners and volunteers to pick fresh produce that remains after the harvest. The produce we harvest goes to one or more of our Feeding America member food banks for distribution to food pantries and other hunger relief organizations.
To be a Gleaning Volunteer, email Brandon Chapman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to put VOLUNTEER in the subject line, and we will add you to our Gleaning Volunteer list. You’ll receive email notices of upcoming gleaning opportunities.
The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance hosts our annual Watermelon Crawl presented by Bank of the Ozarks. It’s a great way to have family fun and volunteer to help end hunger in Arkansas.
The date of this year’s crawl hasn’t been decided yet. Sign up to be a gleaning volunteer and you’ll receive a SAVE THE DATE notification when the date and location have been determined. Email bchapman@arhungeralliance and put VOLUNTEER in the subject line.
Come with us into the field to glean the remains of this year’s melon crop. Last year’s crawl gathered more than 42,000 pounds of watermelon, which went to Arkansas’s food banks, pantries, shelters and soup kitchens. Enjoy a watermelon eating contest for kids of all ages, watermelon relays, and a watermelon crawl contest. Bring a tent and plenty of team spirit. Prizes are given to contest winners. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Performance Food Group provides breakfast and lunch for volunteers, and there’s plenty cold water supplied by Sam’s Club. Stallion Transportation Group generously transports the melons we glean to food banks and agencies across the state as well as provides volunteers for the event. The presenting sponsor for Watermelon Crawl is Bank of the Ozarks. Thanks to all for making this one of the year’s most anticipated events.
Serving Up Solutions
Sponsor a table for our annual fundraising event. On this evening, members of the Arkansas Legislative Hunger Caucus serve dinner to 250 guests at the Governor’s mansion. Guests enjoy fabulous food prepared by celebrity chefs from Arkansas’s finest restaurants. Proceeds go to support the work of the Alliance as well as to legislators in the form of grants that they present to hunger relief organizations in their districts. For more information contact Lynne Phillips, Alliance development director, at email@example.com
Great American Bake Sale
Host a bake sale in your neighborhood or school. These are fun events, and groups of all ages can participate to raise money for the No Kid Hungry Campaign in Arkansas. Click here for great tips and ideas about how to organize a bake sale.
Hunger Action Breakfast
Purchase a ticket or a table for our annual Hunger Action Breakfast as part of Hunger Action Month in September. This year’s breakfast will be at the Little Rock Junior League Building at 401 Scott Street. The centerpiece of the breakfast is recognition of our Acting Out Against Hunger award winners, those individuals and businesses that have gone above and beyond the call to fight hunger. For more information contact Lynne Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us as we gather from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday, September 17, 2016, to harvest this year’s sweet potato crop at Western Hills Garden. There will be great food, games, music, and a bountiful crop of sweet potatoes. The produce we glean will go to the Arkansas Foodbank for distribution to pantries, shelters and soup kitchens in the central Arkansas area.
Gather your friends and family for a fun morning in the garden. Wear your boots and bring your gloves, we’ll provide the fun. Registration will be at the garden. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Other Individual and Organizational Volunteer Opportunities
- Volunteer at a summer or after-school feeding site and help with meals or activities.
- Lead a Cooking Matters at the Store tour.
- Start a Cooking Matters program at your church or civic group.
- Be a Social Media volunteer and SHARE Alliance Facebook and Twitter posts with others.
- Become a monthly donor to the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance.
- Purchase a table or sponsorship for an Alliance fundraising event like Serving up Solutions in June or the Hunger Action Breakfast in September.
- Sponsor a hunger awareness event or fundraiser in your community.
- One of the most appreciated volunteer opportunities is at your local food bank or food pantry. Activities may include sorting and boxing food, handing out and delivering food boxes, or becoming a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – formerly Food Stamps) Advocate.
To find a hunger relief agency in your community go to http://www.foodpantries.org/st/arkansas
Get ideas on instilling commitment to anti-hunger issues with YSA Teacher’s Guide to Engaging a New Generation of Anti-Hunger Leaders.