Arkansas Foodbank Wants You to Wear Orange for ‘Hunger Action Day’


More than 50 million people in the US face hunger; wear orange to show your support on Sept.4

September is Hunger Action Month (HAM) and the Arkansas Foodbank is asking the public to wear orange in support for hunger awareness in the state of Arkansas.  Unfortunately, Arkansas is one of the states at the forefront when taking a look at hunger in America. Arkansas ranks first in senior hunger, first in severe hunger, seventh in child hunger and second overall in the entire nation for food insecurity.

On Thursday, September 4th the Main Street, Junction and Clinton bridges will be lit orange at dusk in support for Hunger Action Day.

ALSO, request a signature “orange” drink at restaurants in Little Rock and North Little Rock Thursday. Part of the proceeds from drink sales will be donated to the Foodbank. Restaurants participating our Big Orange West, Big Orange Midtown, Local Lime, Loca Luna, Red Door, Bar Louie, Purple Cow and Ristorante Capeo.  See the HAM calendar on our website for the locations of participating restaurants.

Other Events for Hunger Action Month

The Foodbank has a calendar full of special events, learning opportunities, and donation suggestions to entice our supporters.  We are asking you to take simple actions: LIKE, VISIT, LEARN and DONATE. Visit our website www.arkansasfoodbank.org for the full calendar of events and details.

  • September 4th: Hunger Action Day: Turn ORANGE for hunger relief! Wear orange and enjoy signature “orange” drinks at participating local restaurants while hanging out with friends. Make sure to “like” and follow the Arkansas Foodbank on social media.  . See the HAM calendar on our website for the participating restaurants and see our Pinterest page for the recipes and photos of the drinks. 
  • September 13th: Drive Away Hunger: Enjoy great Southern-style cuisine, local beer, and live entertainment at this casual, family event held at the Arkansas Foodbank. Tickets cost $25 for adults (includes dinner and two drink tickets), and $15 for children (under 10). One lucky person will drive away with a brand new Buick Encore from Everett Buick GMC. (A limited amount of raffle tickets for the car available at the event) Event tickets and info available online.
  • September 10th-30th: Edwards Food Giant and Edwards Cash Saver. Support the Arkansas Foodbank at Edwards Food Giant stores by donating at the register. Simply swipe a donation card when you checkout and one dollar will be given to the Foodbank. Visit website for locations. 
  • All September: Arvest Bank One Million Meals Campaign. Donate food or money at any Arvest Bank branch in Pulaski County during the entire month of September. All food and funds will be donated to the Foodbank. See website for details.
  • September 6th: Help Out at a Pantry. Volunteering at a food pantry is a great way to help fight hunger in our state, as well as allowing you to see the faces of hunger in Arkansas. Visit our website and “Locate a Partner Agency” in your zip code and offer to volunteer. Directly assisting those who suffer from hunger is an important way to fight hunger in our community.
  • September 9th: Lunch at the Foodbank. Come see us at the Arkansas Foodbank headquarters at 4301 W. 65th from 11:30am-1:30pm and enjoy lunch with us! Food will be provided by Bryant’s BBQ, The Southern Gourmasian, and Southern Salt Food Company. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Foodbank.
  • September 15th: Hunger Study. Learn about hunger in Arkansas and see why Arkansas unfortunately leads the country in food insecurity. The study was coordinated by Feeding America and surveyed more than 60,000 clients across the nation. See our website for the findings.

The Arkansas Foodbank, the largest food bank in Arkansas, is a member of Feeding America and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. Its warehouses in Little Rock, Warren, and Caddo Valley serve approximately 300 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other agencies that provide aid directly to hungry Arkansans. Last year the Foodbank distributed more than 16 million pounds of food to agencies that help feed the hungry. For information on how you can fight hunger, visit the Foodbank website at www.arkansasfoodbank.org

Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 37 million people through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate.  Together we can solve hunger.  www.feedingamerica.org

 

 FOR INFORMATION CONTACT
Tyler Lindsey, Communications Director
w. 501-569-4318 / m. 413-0239
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Foodbank Announces Hunger Action Month Activities

September is Hunger Action Month (HAM) and the Arkansas Foodbank is inviting everyone to learn about the plight of hunger in Arkansas. The Foodbank serves more than 270,000 Arkansans each year who struggle with food insecurity. During the month of September, we invite you to LIKE, LEARN, VISIT, DONATE, and take action against hunger in our state. Join the Foodbank in September and help us continue to create communities where no one has to go hungry.

Below are just a few highlights:

September 4th: Hunger Action Day: Turn ORANGE for hunger relief!  Wear orange and enjoy signature “orange” drinks at participating local restaurants while hanging out with friends. Make sure to “like” and follow the Arkansas Foodbank on social media.  . See the HAM calendar on our website for the participating restaurants and see our Pinterest page for the recipes and photos of the drinks. 
September 13th: Drive Away Hunger: Enjoy great Southern-style cuisine, local beer, and live entertainment at this casual, family event held at the Arkansas Foodbank. Tickets cost $25 for adults (includes dinner and two drink tickets), and $15 for children (under 10).  Tickets available online.

CAR RAFFLE: Everett Buick GMC in Bryant and the Arkansas Foodbank want you to Drive Away Hunger this year in a brand new 2014 Buick Encore! The Foodbank will be selling the raffle tickets for $100 each with all of the proceeds going toward fighting hunger in Arkansas. Ten finalists will be selected on September 2nd. One more finalist will be selected at the Drive Away Hunger Event (September 13th) and one lucky winner from the 11 finalists will be given the key to a brand new Buick Encore. Call 501-565-8121 for tickets.

Other Events in September:

  • September 10th-30th: Edwards Food Giant and Edwards Cash Saver. Support the Arkansas Foodbank at Edwards Food Giant stores by donating at the register. Simply swipe a donation card when you checkout and one dollar will be given to the Foodbank. Visit website for locations.  
  • All September: Arvest Bank One Million Meals Campaign. Donate food or money at any Arvest Bank branch in Pulaski County during the entire month of September. All food and funds will be donated to the Foodbank. See website for details.
  • September 6th: Help Out at a Pantry. Volunteering at a food pantry is a great way to help fight hunger in our state, as well as allowing you to see the faces of hunger in Arkansas. Visit our website and “Locate a Partner Agency” in your zip code and offer to volunteer. Directly assisting those who suffer from hunger is an important way to fight hunger in our community.
  • September 9th: Lunch at the Foodbank. Come see us at the Arkansas Foodbank headquarters at 4301 W. 65th from 11:30am-1:30pm and enjoy lunch with us! Food will be provided by Bryant’s BBQ, The Southern Gourmasian, and Southern Salt Food Company. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Foodbank.
  • September 15th: Hunger Study. Learn about hunger in Arkansas and see why Arkansas unfortunately leads the country in food insecurity. The study was coordinated by Feeding America and surveyed more than 60,000 clients across the nation. See our website for the findings.

WHAT IS HUNGER ACTION MONTH?

  • September is Hunger Action Month, when the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks unite to urge individuals to take action in their communities.
  • The goal of Hunger Action Month is to mobilize the public to act on behalf of Feeding America and our food bank network. It is our opportunity to create a movement throughout September that has a real and lasting impact on our mission to help end hunger in America.
  • This September, join Feeding America and Together, We Can Solve Hunger. As individuals, charities, businesses and government, we all have a role to play in getting food to those in need.

HUNGER IN ARKANSAS

Arkansas is consistently among the states with the highest rate of food insecurity in the U.S. with one in five people classified as food insecure and one in four children among the hungry. 580,000 Arkansans don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

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The Arkansas Foodbank, the largest food bank in Arkansas, is a member of Feeding America and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. Its warehouse in Little Rock, Warren, and Caddo Valley serve approximately 300 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other agencies that provide aid directly to hungry Arkansans. Last year, the Foodbank distributed nearly 21 million pounds of food to agencies that help feed the hungry. For information on how you can fight hunger, visit the Foodbank website at www.arkansasfoodbank.org

Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that lead the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 37 million people through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses, and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger.

 

FOR INFORMATION CONTACT

Tyler Lindsey, Communications Director
w. 501-569-4318 / m. 413-0239
tlindsey@arkansasfoodbank.

2014 Hunger In America Study

Hunger in Arkansas: Study Reveals Tough Choices and Diverse Need for Food Assistance
Largest, Most Comprehensive Analysis of Charitable Food Assistance in America Reports nearly 280,000 Served by Arkansas Foodbank Annually 


LITTLE ROCK – AUGUST 18, 2014 – A new study by the Arkansas Foodbank and Feeding America shows that 1 in 5 people, or an estimated 280,000 people, in central and southern Arkansas turn to food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families.

Read more: 2014 Hunger In America Study

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