Foodbank Selected to Rural Child Hunger Capacity Building Institute

Hunger-Relief Organization Joins 19 Member Food Banks and Feeding America® to Fight Against Rural Child Hunger.

LITTLE ROCK, AR – (March 16, 2015) –The Arkansas Foodbank today announced they have been selected to be one of 20 Feeding America member food banks to join the Rural Child Hunger Capacity Building Institute sponsored by C&S Wholesale Grocers. This is the first institute ever created to focus solely on finding solutions to better serve children struggling with food insecurity in rural areas of the country.

The Foodbank serves 33 counties in central and southern Arkansas, many of which are considered to be rural. Rural hunger affects more than 27 percent of the children we serve with several counties in the Foodbank service area having child food insecurity rates higher than 30 percent. Van Buren County has the highest child food insecurity rate with 33.9 percent.

“Child hunger is a serious issue in our state and becomes even more prevalent in rural counties “said Rhonda Sanders, CEO. “This is a great chance for the Foodbank to look at all of our current programs and see how they can be strengthened or adapted to better serve children in rural areas.”
The Capacity Building Institute will allow our Children’s Services Coordinator to work with Feeding America and other member food banks so that together we can create models and programs that can address the unique challenges of rural child hunger.
The Institute will launch at Feeding America network member Food Bank for the Heartland in Omaha, Nebraska from March 16 - 18, 2015.

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 and Warren serve approximately 300 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, schools and other agencies that provide aid directly to hungry Arkansans. Last year, the Foodbank distributed more than 22 million pounds of food to agencies that help feed the hungry. For information on how you can fight hunger, visit the Foodbank website at

C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., based in Keene, NH, is the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the U.S. and the industry leader in supply chain innovation. Founded in 1918 as a supplier to independent grocery stores, C&S now services customers of all sizes, supplying more than 6,000 independent supermarkets, chain stores, military bases, and institutions with over 150,000 different products. C&S community involvement programs support initiatives to fight hunger and to promote the health and enrichment of communities that are homes to the company's employees and facilities. To learn more:

Record Breaking 2014

The Arkansas Foodbank celebrated the end of 2014 in record fashion, by distributing 22,399,734 million pounds of food. The total surpassed the previous record set in 2013 by almost 1.5 million pounds!

 “The Foodbank has made huge gains in combating hunger over the past 30 years but none more so than 2014,” said Rhonda Sanders, CEO. “Together we celebrate this distribution number with our staff, local agencies, and communities across central and southern Arkansas who were determined to distribute a record amount of food to Arkansans in need.”

The 2014 distribution total is a 7 percent increase over the previous year and translates into approximately 18.6 million meals for the 270,000 Arkansans we help serve in our 33-county service area.

Furthermore, the Foodbank was able to continue its focus on more nutritious foods by distributing 4.3 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to our 300 member agencies.

Hunger still remains a prevalent issue in our state as nearly 1 in 5 Arkansans do not know where their next meal is coming from.  In 2014, the number of seniors facing food insecurity in Arkansas increased to over 25% according to the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger. That ranking is the worst in the country.  For children in Arkansas, the food insecurity rate remained over 27% for the fourth straight year.

It is because these numbers that the Foodbank looks forward to building and maintaining our momentum in 2015. Join us this year in our vision to create a community where no one has to go hungry. With your help, we can get more food to more families.

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and the Arkansas Foodbank

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra is holding their first ever “Beethoven Week” in November with plenty of activities to celebrate the works of one the best composers in history while giving back to the community. Their annual “Beer and Brats” street party will be held in front of their new office location (500 Main Street in Downtown Little Rock) on Wednesday, November 5 from 5-8pm.

Attendees can support the Arkansas Foodbank during the much needed holiday season by dropping off a frozen turkey or other bird at the “Beers and Brats” party. And as a thank you, turkey donors will receive a pair of free tickets to any concert from the ASO's 2014-2015 Season.

Furthermore, the Arkansas Foodbank will be collecting turkeys or any other frozen poultry before each of the popular “Beethoven and Blue Jeans” concerts on Saturday, November 8, at 7:30pm and Sunday, November 9, at 3pm. A frozen turkey will help provide a healthy holiday meal to the one in four Arkansans struggling with hunger. Turkey donations at either of the concerts will also be rewarded with two free concert tickets to any concert from ASO’s 2014-2015 season.

The street party, which is open only to those holding tickets to the Symphony’s annual casual concert, will feature free brats, $2 Diamond Bear beer and the sounds of the Episcopal Collegiate School Steel Drum Band.

Tickets for the “Beethoven & Blue Jeans” concert and Street Party are available online at and via phone at 501-666-1761 or at the door. Tickets start at $19. For more information on “Beethoven Week”, visit


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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.

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

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