What We’re Doing
We are now entering the recovery phase of our response efforts. For us, this means shifting away from some of our initial response tactics while continuing to develop new tactics to face different challenges. The need is still there and we expect that need to exist for many months to come.
According to projections from Feeding America using projected changes in annual unemployment and poverty, we are preparing for our food insecurity numbers to rise. Currently, 17% of those in our 33 county service area are considered food insecure. According to these projections, that could increase to 22%, a 30% increase. This could mean an additional 75,000 people (30,000 being children) in our service could be at risk for hunger in addition to the 287,000 we currently serve each year.
In preparation to meet this need:
– We are working to acquire more food and due to limitations with food availability and logistics
– We are accessing food through new channels and through different sources
– We are working to ensure our agencies have the food and equipment they need to operate at a full or increased capacity in the months moving forward
– We are continuing to partner with schools to distribute food throughout the summer and we will be scheduling more mobile distributions across our service area
We are happy to announce that we feel ready to open our doors back up to our volunteers as of Monday, July 13th. This re-opening comes with some new limitations as we continue to work in the safest way possible following guidelines by the CDC, Arkansas Department of Health and Feeding America.
We will only be opening up registration for ten volunteers per shift for the weekday warehouse opportunity. This will allow us to maintain safe social distance practices for our staff and volunteers.
All volunteers are required to fill out a new updated Volunteer Consent and Release form. This is for all volunteer events.
All volunteers are required to have their temperatures checked upon arrival before entering the building. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4 will not be allowed in the Foodbank.
All volunteers are required to wear masks and gloves throughout entirety of their volunteer shift.
Any volunteer that refuses to follow safety guidelines will not be allowed to volunteer at this time.
The safety of our volunteers and staff is of our utmost concern. We ask that you work with us and support our mission by making safety your goal while you are participating in all Arkansas Foodbank volunteer activities.
Over the past few months, we’ve also added additional mobile food distributions around our communities as a safe and effective way to reach those in need. We are in need of volunteers for several of these distributions.
If you’d like to volunteer in our warehouse or one of our mobile food distributions, click here to sign up now!
How to access food
Mobile Food Distributions
We’re continuing mobile food distributions across our service area to help with the increased need. You can find a list of our mobile food distributions by county here.
Text to Find Food
We’ve implemented an easy way to identify where those in need can access food in their community. If you’re in need of food, simply text FINDFOOD to 844-381-FOOD (3663). You’ll then be prompted to enter your zip code then sent up to 3 pantries in your community.
Download flyer here.
Click here for more information about SNAP or please contact Erica McFadden at 501-569-4311 or 501-265-9820.
Ways to Help from the Comfort of Your Home
Click here to see a list business that are giving back while they continue to serve the community. You can shop online and have delivered to you and bonus a portion of the proceeds will help feed the hungry during COVID-19.
Hold a Food and Fund Drive
Click here to learn more.
Have You been helped during COVID-19?
Share your story with us! This allows us to communicate with supporters as to how their gift is making an impact in their community. Click here to share your story.
COVID-19 Response Partners
The Arkansas Foodbank would like to thank our COVID-19 partners that are providing much needed funding for our COVID-19 response now and for months to come.
If your corporation would like to make a contribution during this time, please reach out to our Annual Giving Director at 501-569-4316.