In 1984, a group of anti-hunger advocates in Little Rock noticed that local food pantries were turning down truckloads of food donations because they lacked the space for them. So they found an empty storefront in a commercial building, incorporated as a 501c3, joined the national Feeding America organization and began acquiring, processing and distributing food to a handful of pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. For 15 years, the Arkansas Foodbank focused on getting low-cost food in and out its doors and into the homes of those who needed it.
By 1999 it was time to lay the foundation for growth. Hunger relief was no longer an emergency situation, but a daily necessity, and Arkansas eventually found itself ranking fourth in the nation in food insecurity. Through these 30 years, our vision has remained unchanged: to create a community where no one has to go hungry.