Food Banks and Hunger Agencies

“We delivered over 5000 pounds of potatoes to 412 families last month in the Bradley County area. They were so thankful.”

—Wilson Chapel, Warren, AR

Food Banks in Arkansas

Arkansas’s six Feeding America food banks are at the heart of the Alliance network of hunger relief organizations. The food banks serve as giant distribution sites for millions of pounds of food and other relief items that go out into the regions they serve. These millions of pounds of food are distributed to individuals and families in need by local food pantries, soup kitchens,  shelters and other non-profit organizations that feed the hungry.

 

 

Arkansas Foodbank
4301 West 65th Street | Little Rock, AR | 72209
Phone : 501-565-8121 | FAX: 501-565-0180
Arkansas Foodbank, the largest food bank in Arkansas, is a member of Feeding America and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. Programs like Food For Kids, Food For Families, and Food For Seniors provide food and other resources for more than 450 food pantries, soup kitchens, schools, colleges, shelters, senior centers, summer feeding sites, and other agencies that provide hungry Arkansans with more healthy and nutritious food The Foodbank primarily serves 33 counties in Central and Southern Arkansas but also assists other Feeding America food banks in the state and region.

Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas
3414 One Place |Jonesboro, AR | 72404
P.O. Box 2097 | Jonesboro, AR | 72402
Phone: 870-932-3663 | FAX: 870-933-6639
The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas provides hunger relief to people in need by raising awareness, securing resources, and distributing food through a network of non-profit agencies and programs.

Food Bank of North Central Arkansas
P.O. Box 128 | Norfork, AR | 72658
14215 Hwy 5 South | Norfork, AR | 72658
Phone: 870-499-7565 | FAX: 870-499-3500
The Food Bank of North Central Arkansas is “Building Bridges from Hunger to Hope” through food distribution (38 million pounds since 1982), and education (over 5,000 graduates through our shopping, cooking, life & job skills courses since 2014).

River Valley Regional Food Bank
1617 South Zero | Fort Smith, AR | 72901
Phone: 479-785-0582 | FAX: 479-785-3218
In June of 1986, the Crawford-Sebastian Community Development Council in Fort Smith formed the River Valley Regional Food Bank to address hunger in the region. Today, the food bank, a partner with Feeding America, distributes more than 9.5 million pounds of food annually to people facing hunger in eight West Central Arkansas counties. Partnering with the food bank are 190 nonprofit agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens, senior citizen centers, youth programs and emergency shelters. One in six people, and one in four children, suffer from food insecurity in the River Valley region.

Northwest Arkansas Food Bank – Celebrating 30 Years
1378 June Self Drive | Bethel Heights, AR | 72764
Phone: 479-872-8774 | FAX: 479-872-8777
Northwest Arkansas Food Bank (a 501c3 organization) was established in 1988 by a group of concerned citizens who saw the need for hunger assistance in Benton, Washington, Madison and Carroll counties. In 2017 the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank distributed more than 12.5 million pounds of food. Together with more than 160 partner agencies, the food bank is able to reach out to those in need; providing nutritious food to children, the working poor and senior citizens. The Northwest Arkansas Food Bank is an affiliate of Feeding America and a founding member of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance.

 

Harvest Regional Food Bank
3120 East 19th | Texarkana, AR | 71854
Phone: 870-774-1398 | FAX: 870-774-1905
Harvest Texarkana began as a food rescue organization collecting excess prepared food from restaurants for immediate distribution and use by shelters and soup kitchens in Texarkana. In 2005, Harvest Texarkana began food banking in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that devastated the Gulf Coast. The food bank solicits donations of food from local, regional, and national producers and manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and supermarkets, and collects additional products through organized community food drives. In 2011, the food bank distributed 2.4 million pounds of food to agencies in their service area.

Arkansas Hunger Agencies

Food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters (referred to as agencies) provide direct relief to hungry people in communities across Arkansas. Hunger relief agencies can be located almost anywhere in a town or city. Many local hunger relief agencies are located in churches, schools, missions, senior centers and other accessable locations. People who are unable to buy enough food to feed themselves and their families can go to local hunger relief agencies and get the food they need, at no charge. Hunger relief agencies are usually open on specified days and between certain hours, so it is important to be familiar with your local agency’s hours of operation.

To find local hunger relief agencies in your area, try one of the  links below.