About Us

Most of us have never been hungry.  

Our children have never had to rely on getting a backpack from school with food to last through the weekend. We’ve never had to get food from a food pantry or rely on volunteers to deliver food boxes because we’re shut-in and elderly.

Yet there are more than 515,000 children, seniors, and families in Arkansas who don’t know where their next meal will come from.

We work to make sure those that are most hungry, have plenty of nutritious food.

Our Mission

The Arkansas Foodbank is the foundation in the fight against hunger. We find pathways to connect people, resources and food to reach those in need, providing dignity, hope and a brighter future for all Arkansans. 

Our Vision

A stronger community where hunger needs are met with sufficient access to nutritious food.

These core values guide our decisions and actions

Collaboration

We are stronger when we work together.

Respect

We value the dignity and diversity of those we serve, our partners, volunteers, and coworkers.

Innovation& Creativity

We seek, identify and implement the best solutions to fight hunger, meeting people where they are.

Service

We are united in a belief to serve those in need.

Integrity

We achieve our goals by maintaining the highest degree of ethical standards and by putting our values into action.

Arkansas Foodbank History

The Arkansas Foodbank was created on January 17, 1984 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to serve several central south Arkansas counties by providing an affordable and credible food source for local agencies serving hungry people in the state. By 1986 the Arkansas Foodbank had its first year of distributing 1 million pounds of food. In the 1989 the Foodbank became a member of the Feeding America national network and gained more assistance for acquiring and distributing food. Since that time the organization has grown to include 450 local partner agencies and delivering over 24 million pounds of food in AF’s 33-county service area. According to the 2014 Hunger in America study the Foodbank serves 280,000 people.

The Arkansas Foodbank has had several locations since it was founded in 1984 including a location on Brown Street and an old UPS building on Distribution Dr. in southwest Little Rock. Today the Foodbank is located at 4301 W 65th Street in Little Rock at the Donald W. Reynolds Distribution Center that was built for the organization 2011. From this distribution center the Arkansas Foodbank operates 8 trucks to deliver and pick up food daily, Summer/After School programs and back packs for children, local agency food pick up, training and capacity building as well as volunteer and fundraising activities.

Diversity Statement

Arkansas Foodbank values the individual diversity of all employees, volunteers, donors and clients. Differences in age, race, ethnic heritage, religion, appearance, sexual orientation and many others provide experiences, viewpoints, and ideas that can strengthen and enrich our organization. We strive to create an organizational culture that values different perspectives and that is based on our organizational values. Diversity is the uniqueness each of us brings to fulfilling these values and achieving our vision.

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