Oct 11 2013
How big is the need in Arkansas?
The reality is that the number of hungry homes in Arkansas is higher than most other states. Arkansas ranks #6 in the nation for children who do not get enough food to eat. One in every five kids in our state relies on the meals they receive at school and face hunger over the weekend. According to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap study, over 27% of children living in our service area face hunger on a daily basis. Research has shown that children who are food insecure are likely to be sick more often, recover from illness more slowly, and be hospitalized more frequently than children who have enough food to eat. Good nutrition is not only important for good health, it is critical for success at school. Children who don’t get enough to eat often have:
- Trouble concentrating
- Lower math and English scores
- Difficulty interacting with peers
- Trouble finishing tests on time
- Lower graduation rates
Who gets helped?
When FeedArKids got started we served only to children who qualified as homeless. These are children who lived with an extended family member or lived in a hotel, shelter or on the street. As the need has grown, we now also serve children who live in food insecure environments (poverty).
How does this work?
Every Wednesday evening during the school year, a team of volunteers meet at the Rock Creek Care Center where the food is purchased from the Arkansas Foodbank Network. They fill grocery sacks for each child which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks for the weekend. On Thursdays, the Delivery Team comes and delivers them to their designated school Counselor’s office. The children pick up their food before school is out on Friday and take it home.
2015-16: Approximately 100 volunteers donated 7200 hours of time packing and delivering meals.
2015-16: 1200 kids in 50 schools in the Little Rock, North Little Rock, Pulaski County, Bryant, and East End school districts were helped on a weekly basis.
2015-16: Food insecure kids in Central Arkansas received 259,000 meals from Feed Arkansas Kids
Help us support 2,000 children in 2016-17. If you would like to support us please consider making a donation in the amount you can afford today!