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.
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.
Because we conduct classes and grocery tours in cities and towns around Arkansas, local volunteers are critical to the success of our Cooking Matters and Cooking Matters at the Store programs and to reducing food insecurity in our state. We need committed, caring folks like you to help so we can spread the message of Cooking Matters across the state! Please fill out the Volunteer Application (it will not take more than 5-10 minutes, we promise!). After you submit it, we will reach out with some specific ways you can get involved!
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.
VolunteerAR is a joint effort of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on National Service and Volunteerism and the Arkansas Department of Human Services’ Office of Communications and Community Engagement.
Launched April 28th 2017, VolunteerAR.org is a statewide online volunteer portal serving as a connection point, a gateway to service, and a clearinghouse of op-portunities to make change in our communities. Check out the GYSD 2017 Toolkit_Final_Senior Hunger for ways your class, organization or club can get involved and help end senior hunger in your community.
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.