Over the past few years, we have discovered the enormous need to feed hungry kids. 1 in 5 Arkansan children don’t know for certain how or where they will get their next meal.
During the summer, when school is out, the risk of food insecurity rises. For the 3rd year, the AR Dream Center Food for Good program and partners, USDA, Pepsico, and DHS will take an active stance to make free nutritious and delicious meals mobile and accessible to children with limited access, in places such as apartment complexes, churches, city parks, libraries, mobile home parks, and community centers.
How does Food for Good work?
At the same time, every day, Monday – Friday from May 30 – August 11, a bright blue and colorful Sprinter Van will pull up to your location with two energetic and passionate staff members, a Driver & Site Coordinator. They will unload a table and unpack all the bagged lunches for your site. The Site Coordinator will go around the location and rally the kids for the meal. The kids will come to the table set-up outside the van, get their meal and have a seat. From time to time, our staff and/or volunteers will have planned activities (bubbles, coloring sheets, jump ropes, books…etc) to do with the kids to encourage them to stay ON-SITE and eat. This will help us manage the clean-up, which we will be responsible for, and ensure that the kids are the ones actually getting the meals. After 30-45 minutes of being at your site, we will have set-up, rallied, served, played, cleaned up and be pulling out and on to the next site on our route.
Who can participate in receiving meals?
Food for Good provides free meals to anyone 18 and under during the meal service time.
What are the sites responsible for?
We try to make it as easy as possible for sites to participate. There is no real responsibility on the part of the sites, Food for Good just needs your permission to come and serve the children at your location. Food for Good will provide everything and be responsible to clean up the meal service area as well as have fully trained and insured staff and vehicles.
I would like to become a site, what do I do?
If you are a property manager, church member, community leader, or anyone who would like to help bring this free program to an area near you, we would love to talk to you! The sign-up process is simply filling out a one-page permission form and setting up a pre-operational visit for our staff to check out your site! Contact the Food for Good team for more information: [email protected] or call 501.232.0630 ext. 102
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