The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas announced today that a grant it received from the Arby’s Foundation, totaling $4,500 will be used to benefit their School Pantry Program.
The funds will help purchase nutritious food for children at risk of hunger. The mission of the Food Bank’s School Pantry Program is to meet the needs of hungry children by providing them with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to take home on weekends and school holidays.
A teacher who works with the School Pantry Program said, “When our students don’t have to worry about food, it is easier for them to be kids…When they are required to worry about being hungry or worry about where their next meal is coming from, they don’t focus on school or being a kid.”
The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas provides hunger relief to people in need by raising awareness, securing resources, and distributing food through a network of non-profit agencies and programs. The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas provides the equivalent of 119,000 meals each week to people facing hunger. The Food Bank works in partnership with 140 non-profit partner agencies and programs in 12 counties in Northeast Arkansas. These counties include: Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Greene, Jackson, Lawrence, Mississippi, Poinsett, Randolph, St. Francis, and Woodruff. Additionally, the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas is a member of Feeding America, a national network of food banks. Through our many partnerships, every $1 donated can help provide 4 meals. For additional information, please visit our website www.foodbankofnea.org. You can also find the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas on Facebook @FoodBankofNEA, Twitter @foodbankofnea, and Instagram @foodbankofnea.
The Arby’s Foundation, the independent charitable arm of Arby’s, helps America’s kids dream big and pursue their dreams with confidence. Building on a philanthropic heritage that has contributed more than $90 million to youth-related causes since its inception in 1986, the Arby's Foundation is committed to helping kids build, expand, and pursue their dreams.