LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Food Bank has been working hard to fight hunger in Arkansas, especially amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This month they’re holding their Giving Back to Hunger Weekend, which is an initiative that offers unique opportunities for churches and faith-based organizations to volunteer or organize food/fund drives through their own congregation.
Giving Back to Hunger Weekend is February 12-14. On Saturday, February 13 you can sign up to volunteer at the Food Bank from 9 a.m. to noon. For more details on how to sign up, what to wear, and what COVID-19 precautions are being taken, click here. You can also volunteer during regular volunteer hours on Friday, February 12.
While the only official onsite event is on February 13, the entire weekend offers opportunities for churches and faith organizations to conduct their own events in support of the Arkansas Foodbank. Some ideas for what you and your church can do are:
- Host a food drive. Collect food the week leading up to Giving Back to Hunger. You’ll be able to drop off your donations that weekend! If your church is a member agency with the food bank, you can keep the food that is donated in your pantry and report the pounds collected to Kaitlyn McCarty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Collect funds. Every $1 = 5 meals. Collecting funds is a way for your entire congregation to invest in the mission of making sure Arkansans don’t go hungry, even in the smallest of ways. Donations can be dropped off that weekend as well.
Over 77% of the Food Bank’s agencies are faith-based so the drive and passion for serving others are already there. This special weekend is a way to bring Arkansans together to help their neighbors.