There are many local, state and national organizations dedicated to the wellbeing of seniors. Many help provide direct services such as emergency food supplies, daily meals, home care options, transportation, SNAP application assistance, etc., while others act as policy advocates. We hope you will find these resources valuable.
Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
Established under the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 1973 to respond to the needs of Americans 60 and over in every local community. By providing options that allow older adults to choose the services and living arrangements that suit them best, AAAs make it possible for older adults to “age in place” in their homes and communities.
Aging services and programs for elderly Arkansans are provided by the eight Arkansas Area Agencies on Aging. They are independent non-profit organizations receiving federal, state and private funding. The AAAs provide congregate feeding programs as well as other senior food services options.
The Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas
Jerry Mitchell, Director
1510 Rock Springs Rd, PO Box 1795 | Harrison AR | 72602-1795
Phone: 870-741-1144 | Toll-free: 1-800-432-9721 | TDD: 870-741-1346
Serving Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion, Newton, Searcy and Washington counties.
White River AAA
Ted Hall, Director
3998 Harrison Street, PO Box 2637 | Batesville, AR | 72503
Phone: 870-612-3000 | Toll-free & TDD: 1-800-382-3205
Serving Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Sharp, Stone, Van Buren, White and Woodruff counties.
East Arkansas AAA
Monte Callicott, Executive Director
2005 E. Highland/Fountain Sq., PO Box 5035 | Jonesboro, AR | 72403
Phone: 870-972-5980 | Toll-free: 1-800-467-3278
Serving Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Greene, Lawrence, Lee, Mississippi, Phillips, Poinsett, Randolph and St. Francis counties.
Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas
Betty M. Bradshaw, President & CEO
709 East 8th, PO Box 8569 | Pine Bluff, AR | 71611
Phone: 870- 543- 6300
TDD & Toll-free: 1- 800- 264- 3260
Serving Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Desha, Drew, Grant, Jefferson and Lincoln counties.
CareLink, the Central Arkansas Area Agency on Aging
Luke Mattingly, Ceo/ President
706 West 4th Street, PO Box 5988 | North Little Rock, AR | 72119
Phone: 501-372-5300 | Fax 501-688-7437 | Toll-free & TDD: 1-800-482-6359
Serving Faulkner, Lonoke, Monroe, Prairie, Pulaski and Saline counties.
Area Agency on Aging West Central Arkansas
Timothy Herr, Executive Director
905 W. Grand Avenue | Hot Springs, AR | 71913
Phone: 501-321-2811 | Toll-free: 1-800-467-2170 | TDD: 501-321-2811
Fax: 501-321-2650 (Hot Springs) | Fax: 501-967-2401 (Russellville)
Serving Clark, Conway, Garland, Hot Spring, Johnson, Montgomery, Perry, Pike, Pope and Yell counties.
Area Agency on Aging of Southwest Arkansas
Ruth Langston, Executive Director
600 Columbia, 11E, PO Box 1863 | Magnolia, AR | 71754-1863
Phone: 870-234-7410 | Toll-free & TDD: 1-800-272-2127
Website: Age With Dignity
Email (Information and Assistance Division): email@example.com
Serving Calhoun, Columbia, Dallas, Hempstead, Howard, LaFayette, Little River, Miller, Nevada, Ouachita, Sevier and Union counties.
AAA of Western Arkansas
Jim Medley, President & CEO
524 Garrison, PO Box 1724 | Fort Smith, AR | 72902
Phone: 479-783-4500 | Toll-free: 1-800-320-6667
Serving Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Polk, Scott and Sebastian counties.
Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance
Through its SNAP Outreach program, the Alliance assists seniors and others who qualify for benefits to determine their qualification status and apply for benefits. The Alliance also trains non-profit organizations in how to offer SNAP outreach services to the people they serve.
Food Banks and Pantries in Arkansas
Arkansas’s food banks and pantries represent an important first line of defense against senior hunger. Many provide regular distribution of food items to seniors and information about other food programs.
AARP in Arkansas
AARP in Arkansas was a sponsor of the 2014 Arkansas Senior Hunger Summit. AARP and other organizations are joining forces to develop a strategic plan for reducing senior hunger in the state.
National Foundation to End Senior Hunger [NFESH]
The non-profit National Foundation to End Senior Hunger was formerly known as the Meals On Wheels Research Foundation. NFESH iscommitted to bringing together the best minds in all sectors, commissioning research and exploring social entrepreneurial innovations to seek long-term, sustainable solutions to end senior hunger.
Their What a Waste program is an innovative, anti-hunger initiative for community-based nutrition programs. What a Waste works to reduce food waste, increase program efficiency and help the environment while providing new sources of healthful foods to those in need.