Oct 11 2013
Feed AR Kids Team
How big is the need in Arkansas?
The reality is that the number of hungry homes in Arkansas is higher than most other states. In 2011 Arkansas’ childhood poverty rate was 25.3% compared to the national average of 18.6% (ACS Survey). The need is real and it’s in our own backyard!
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, juices, 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.
- 2012-2013 857 kids in 37 schools from Cabot to the East End were helped on a weekly basis.
- 2012-13: 239,960 weekend meals were delivered to homeless and insecure kids in Central Arkansas.
- 2012-13: Dozens of volunteers donated over 1500 hours of time delivering meals and packing them.
Help us support 2,000 children in 2013-14. If you would like to support us please consider making a donation in the amount you can afford today!