#LittleRockCares: Fighting Food Insecurity in Arkansas

This November, we encouraged all of our supporters to take part in our annual Endure4Kindness (E4K) event and, as always, you blew us away with your creativity and kindness. Money raised during Endure4Kindness allows us to sponsor acts of kindness all around the world. This year, funds from E4K are also going towards fighting childhood hunger. Whether you challenged yourself with your own E4K activity, spread the word on social media, supported others with their E4K fundraising, or donated to The Bad Idea Tour, your participation is helping to make the world a better place. We’re so excited to share some of the ways that your hard work is helping to fight childhood hunger! First up: Little Rock, Arkansas. 

From left to right: Kathy Webb (AHRA Executive Director), Temeka Williams (AHRA Operations Director), Holli DeWees (Random Acts Regional Rep), Rhonda Sanders (Arkansas Foodbank CEO), Michelle Shope (AHRA Food Sourcing & Logistics Director)

From left to right: Kathy Webb (AHRA Executive Director), Temeka Williams (AHRA Operations Director), Holli DeWees (Random Acts Regional Rep), Rhonda Sanders (Arkansas Foodbank CEO), Michelle Shope (AHRA Food Sourcing & Logistics Director)

Food Insecurity Among Federal Employees

The recent U.S. federal government shutdown has been hard on many families. Faced with a sudden loss of income, government employees are now struggling to make ends meet. Local organizations, like Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, have been stepping up to the plate to try to ease the burden for these families. This nonprofit aims “to provide a unified effort to reduce hunger and improve access to nutritious food by providing tools and resources, empowerment, advocacy, education and research.”

Little Rock Cares

On January 22 and 23, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance hosted a donation drive for over 500 government employees in Little Rock, Arkansas. They collected necessities such as shelf-stable food, formula and baby food, pet food, diapers and wipes, hygiene products, and gift cards for grocery stores and gas stations. When Central United States Regional Rep Holli DeWees brought the food drive to our attention, we knew it was the perfect chance to step in and help fight hunger.

Federal employees picking up donated food.

Federal employees picking up donated food.

Holli used Random Acts funding to purchase $1,000 worth of food products from Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance’s wish list. These donations were then bundled and distributed to families in need on January 25 and 26 at Little Rock Airport. Holli, who helped with donation distribution all day on January 25, mentioned being in awe of the empathy she witnessed: “Multiple families with 5 or more children had to be convinced to accept an adequate amount of food. They were concerned for others in their community also experiencing food insecurity who hadn’t arrived yet.”

Working Together to Fight Food Insecurity

Food drive volunteers and collected donations.

Food drive volunteers and collected donations.

The food drive was able to reach over 200 families while Holli was there on Friday, January 25. Additional families were able to receive help on Saturday, January 26. You can read more about Holli’s experience with the food drive over at the Random Acts Central United States Twitter account. Following your local Random Acts representative account is also a great way to stay up to date on kindness shenanigans in your area.

We had so much fun working with Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance to fight hunger! You can join us in our fight against hunger by reaching out to your local food bank, or by donating your time or resources to other organizations that combat food insecurity near you.