The Alliance has more than 500 member organizations, agencies and individuals from around the state. The six Feeding America food banks are the heart of our network.

Our members are as diverse as the regions of the state itself, ranging from global food retailers to legislators to small food pantries, to friends and neighbors. But large or small, they all have one thing in common: they are committed to making sure that no Arkansan goes without food. We invite you to become a member of the Alliance and a partner in our mission. Membership fees are tax deductible.



December 1st – January 8th

Grant awards up to $5,000

Could your organization use more shelving? Or, perhaps, one of your freezers has stopped working? Are you serving more clients and need more equipment to keep up? The Capacity Building grant can help with that! It’s designed to make sure our members are able to store and serve enough food to meet the demand.

In 2009, the Governor and the Arkansas General Assembly awarded the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance $188,827 to help build the capacity of local hunger relief organizations in Arkansas.

Funds are intended to help expand or improve a local hunger relief organization’s facility or physical radius. These funds cannot be used to pay salaries, operational expenses or purchase food.

Local Hunger Relief Organizations (LHRO) are defined as food pantries, food rescue organizations, soup kitchens, shelters and other organizations that directly serve Arkansas families by providing food prepared on site (for example, a summer feeding site) or for personal use at home (for example, a food pantry). Member organizations may apply for Capacity Building Grants of any amount. However, grant requests of $5,000 and over are more difficult to fund.


o  Must be a Member of the Alliance

o  Must provide the following documentation:

  • 501(c)3 letter or proof of church affiliation
  • List of current board members
  • Current annual budget
  • Most recent year’s complete financial statement
  • Project Budget with quotes/bids


Examples of capacity building items:

  • Kitchen appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, stoves, ect.
  • Storage items such as shelving, plastic tubs, cabinets, metal racks, ect.
  • Meal preparation items such as coolers, thermal bags, steam tables, utensils, mixing bowls, ect.
  • Office equipment such as computers, printers, phones, ect.


*You must be a member of the Alliance to be eligible for this grant.

For questions or technical issues, please email

Become an Alliance Member Today!

Register on line by clicking on the membership level below that best describes you.

Membership Levels

Statewide Advocacy/State Agency Programs ($125 annually)
Statewide organizations that advocate, do research or have an interest in ensuring Arkansas families have enough to eat are valued members of the Alliance. Membership is also open to those who run federal programs that focus on nutrition or hunger issues.

Local Hunger Relief Organizations ($25 annually)
Membership is available to local organizations such as food pantries, emergency shelters, food rescues, and soup kitchens that provide direct hunger relief to those in need.

Individual Hunger Advocates ($25 annually)
Those people who do not provide direct hunger relief but wish to lend their time, talent or other resources to helping reduce hunger in our state are encouraged to become members of the Alliance.

Individual Lifetime Membership ($200 one time fee)
Those people who do not provide direct hunger relief but wish to lend their time, talent or other resources to helping reduce hunger in our state. This membership does not expire.


If you prefer to mail a check you may download and use this Membership Form 
Benefits of Membership

Capacity Building Grants: Members who are 501(c)3 non-profits have the opportunity to apply for capacity building grants funded through the Alliance by the State Food Purchase Program. The grants enable member agencies to expand their capacity to deliver direct services, through the purchase of refrigerators, freezers, shelving, or other facility improvements. Agencies can also use grant dollars to improve educational programs they might offer or to expand their capacity to service those in need in their areas. The grant application period is from December 1, 2020 through January 8, 2021.

If you are not already a member of the Alliance but would like to apply for this grant, you may become a member to apply. Click here to become a member of the Alliance. 


Capacity Building Grant notifications will be sent via email on Monday, February 15. Applicants are encouraged to check their email for the grant award announcement.

State Food Purchasing Program (SFPP): Food purchased through the SFPP is available quarterly and is distributed through our regional Feeding America food bank members.


Safe Food handling.

The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance offers food safety training and certification through the ServSafe program. Feeding America requires its member food banks to have at least one ServSafe certified person on staff and that all key food handling staff and volunteers be trained, with certification optional but recommended. Agency personnel are required to receive training, but certification is optional. If you are interested in training for your staff or agencies, please contact Michelle Shope at

Additional Benefits

As a member you also have the tools you need to keep up on hunger issues and events impacting our hunger community through:

  • Alliance Alert E-newsletter
  • Email Volunteer Opportunity updates
  • Email Action Alerts
  • Advocacy bulletins
  • Promotional materials
  • Participation in our annual Serving Up Solutions and Hunger Action Breakfast
  • Bi-annual Hunger day at the Capitol advocacy event
  • Our annual Membership Conference