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Without volunteers working hand-in-hand with Alliance staff and members, reaching our goals would be much harder or even impossible. Non-profits, such as the Alliance, rely on the selflessness of volunteers who give so generously of their time and resources. We welcome your assistance, strengths and dedication in our fight against hunger. For more information call 501-399-9999. To place your name on our volunteer list, send us an email with VOLUNTEER in the subject line. Include your name, contact information and email address. We’ll let you know about opportunities that arise.


SNAP Outreach.


snap-logo-smallThe 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 ttownley@arhungeralliance.org or 399-9999 for dates and times of upcoming SNAP Outreach Trainings.
SNAP Outreach & Training Manual
SNAP Outreach Video

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.

Helpful Links:
SNAP Challenge Toolkit
FRAC Advocacy Tools


Arkansas Gleaning Project.


DSC_0111Farmers 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 pick goes to one of the Alliance food banks for distribution to food pantries and other hunger relief organizations.

To be a Gleaning Volunteer, fill out the Gleaning Volunteer form and return to Michelle Shope at mshope@arhungeralliance.org.

 

 


Watermelon Crawl 2015


The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance is hosting the 5th 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.

 WHERE:    Scott Melons and More in Scott, Arkansas
 WHEN:      Saturday, August 8th from 9 am until 1:00 pm
 HOW:         Take I-440 to exit 7
Go south on Hwy 165 (Old England highway) for 3 miles
Turn right on Col. Maynard Road
The melon patch is 2 miles ahead on the left
 

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 live music, 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 2015 is Bank of the Ozarks. Thanks to all for making this one of the year’s most anticipated events.

Register today. Download the  Watermelon Crawl Registration form 2015, and the AGP Liability Waiver. Fill out the forms and bring them with you to the event. Registration is required to participate in Watermelon Crawl. Questions? Contact Michelle Shope at mshope@arhungeralliance.org or call 501-399-9999.


The Spirit of Arkansas Food Drive.


2015 PLACE SAVER GRAPHICThe Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, Stallion Transportation Group, US Bank and KATV partner to collect donated non-perishable food items. The donation boxes are located at US Bank locations all over Arkansas between December 7th and the 18th. Volunteers help transport food to the food banks for distribution to pantries and other hunger relief organizations.  To be a Spirit of Arkansas Volunteer, contact Michelle Shope at mshope@arhungeralliance.org.

Arkansas schools are encouraged to participate in the Spirit of Arkansas Food Drive. Each participating school will be paired with a hunger relief organization within their community.  This food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter will be responsible for distributing the food to our neighbors in need and reporting the results of your efforts to the Alliance.  At the end of the campaign, the school or school-based organization with the most pounds of food collected per person in the organization will win a $1500 cash prize. Second and third place finishers will win $1000 and $500, respectively. Schools must collect a minimum of 1000 pounds to be eligible for any cash prize.  Food can only be donated to the drive from December 7th through the 18th, but schools can begin collecting now for donation later.

Administrators can find more information from reading Spirit of Arkansas Letter for Administrators 2013. To participate in the school competition, fill out the 2013 Spirit of Arkansas Participant Registration form and return to Jeremy Adams at jeremy@arhungeralliance.org .


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.


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 Stephanie Purifoy, Alliance development director, at spurifoy@arhungeralliance.org

 


Hunger Action Breakfast


HUNGER ACTION BREAKFASTPurchase 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 Stephanie Purifoy at  spurifoy@arhungeralliance.org


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.

 

Arkansas Foodbank
Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas
River Valley Regional Food Bank of Fort Smith
Food Bank of North Central Arkansas
Northwest Arkansas Food Bank
Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank

To find a hunger relief agency in your community go to http://www.foodpantries.org/st/arkansas

Get ideas on instilling committment to anti-hunger issues with YSA Teacher’s Guide to Engaging a New Generation of Anti-Hunger Leaders