Foodbank Receives $50,000 Grant for College Pantries

King Foundation To Support The Creation Of Six Food Pantries On College Campuses In The Delta And South Arkansas

 LITTLE ROCK (December 30, 2015) – The Arkansas Foodbank today announced a $50,000 grant from the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation to help continue the fight against hunger in Arkansas.

The goal of this grant is to facilitate the creation of six food pantries on college campuses, which directly relates to the King Foundation’s focus areas of serving the indigent and building nonprofit capacity.  This grant will help build on the awareness of food insecurity of college students and provide training, start-up grants, and continued technical assistance to future Foodbank partner agencies.

“We are so excited to expand our efforts in fighting hunger on college campuses,” says Arkansas Foodbank CEO Rhonda Sanders.  “These new campus pantries will help students focus more on their studies as well as help them with high costs of living and tuition.”

Feeding America estimates that 10% of the 46 million individuals their food banks serve are college students, and nearly 31% of clients had to choose between paying for food and educational expenses. Preliminary findings at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff show food insecurity rates among students of 35% and 77%, respectively.

The Foodbank will begin work on reaching out to the colleges within the shared service area of the King Foundation and Foodbank in the South and in the Delta.  The goal is to establish two campus pantries by Fall 2016 and four additional food pantries in 2017.

The Arkansas Foodbank currently supports two campus pantries: Pulaski Technical College and University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.