Over the past few years we have discovered the enormous need to feed hungry kids. In fact, the state of Arkansas ranks as one of the hardest places for children to live because of the lack of food security. 1 in 5 Arkansan children don’t know for certain how or where they will get their next meal.
In 2014 we provided 110,000 meals, 80% of those being specifically for children.
This summer we will partner again for a 3rd year with the USDA, Pepsico’s Food for Good and DHS to go after an aggressive goal — feeding 150,000 meals in 2015!
What is it that keeps kids from being able to pursue their Dreams?
Over 20% of Arkansas children do not know for sure where they will get their next meal. During the school year these children rely upon schools to provide their only real meal of the day. In the summer, no school means no stable food supply. When a kid is hungry, they cannot focus and they are consumed with simple survival.
What is the solution?
In the past, summer feeding programs have depended upon kids coming to them. However, our experience shows that many of these kids simply are too young to travel to many of these sites. The ARDC will overcome this problem by taking the food directly to the kids who need it most by going mobile. Over the course of the summer a fleet of vehicles will leave Little Rock daily to deliver food where these children live.
Where will the ARDC be offering hope this summer?
- Heber Springs
- Little Rock
- North Little Rock
- Cabot…and more!
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