Did you know that Arkansas has one of the highest food insecurity rates in the nation? Washington County, in particular, has the highest SNAP (food stamps) participation rate and the third highest number of food insecure children in the state, followed by Pulaski and Benton counties.
In response to these numbers, Denise and Hershey Garner founded Feed Fayetteville in 2011. The overriding goal of Feed Fayetteville is to get food into hungry bellies. Beyond that, however, the group hopes to help cultivate nutrition through local sustainable food, education, and community partnerships. There are many organizations in northwest Arkansas that fight hunger. It is the organization’s goal to support and unite these numerous agencies and individuals to create a sustainable food system.
Interested in volunteering with Feed Fayetteville? Then, attend its Volunteer Information Session, 9-11 a.m., Monday, July 9 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church(224 N. East Avenue) in Fayetteville.
There are several volunteer opportunities, including regular needs for volunteers at the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market and as Lunch Buddies for summer school meals. Committees are also forming for upcoming events.
Join Feed Fayetteville to learn more about these opportunties to help feed Fayetteville. RSVP to Adrienne Shaunfield, Community Food Systems Coordinator, at Adrienne@feedfayetteville.org if you plan to attend this session.
If you would like to volunteer but are unable to attend this session, please contact Adrienne.
Visit Feed Fayetteville website for more information.