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 www.arkansasfoodbank.org
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: http://community.cswg.com.