Ribbon Cutting

On Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 10 AM, The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas will host a ribbon-cutting for its new Client-Choice Food Pantry located in Fayetteville, AR. This new style of pantry will begin serving clients on June 1, 2018 as part of a summer initiative in partnership with Fayetteville Public Schools.

All are invited to attend the ribbon cutting as we celebrate this new opportunity.

This pilot program will allow families to select breakfast and lunch items to help feed kids during the summer months. For 11 weeks, FPS families, who signed up through the school district, who qualify for free and reduced lunches are invited to “shop” the pantry every Friday at no cost. The Salvation Army Client-Choice Food Pantry will be open Friday, June 1 through August 10 from 9 AM – 12 PM and 1:00 – 4:00 PM. Volunteers and staff will help in the shopping experience. Learn more about our pantry and find out how you can help. 

The opening of this pantry has included a complete remodel of our warehouse space, the installation and addition of refrigeration coolers and shelving, plus increased food supplies. With support from the Walmart Foundation, the NWA Food Bank, The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, Fayetteville Public Schools, and many volunteers, we have designed a program that will help meet the needs of hungry families in our community. Additionally, this pantry will provide for clients throughout the week by appointment. The pantry will be housed in our  Activity Center building located at 219 W 15th street, Fayetteville, AR.

WHOAll Media Outlets & Community Members

WHAT: Fayetteville Food Pantry Ribbon Cutting & Tour

WHEN: Thursday, May 31, 2018 | 10:00 – 11:00 AM

WHERE: The Salvation Army Area Command | Fayetteville
219 W. 15th St, Fayetteville, AR 72701

WHY: Our summer program will provide food for 62 families and a total of 163 children.

For questions about volunteering or for an interview please call 479-521-2151 or 479-283-5314 or email us at jennifer.brown@uss.salvationarmy.org

Client-Choice Food Pantry & Summer Program

Kids, parents, teachers and really everyone looks forward to Summer – taking a swim at the local pool, heading to camp, enjoying some time off, and simply changing up the routine. And while Summer is often a highlight, it can also be a challenge for families and kids who are short on food.

To help meet the needs of our community, The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas has partnered with Fayetteville Public Schools (FPS) to identify and provide meals for kids who are home during the summer months. Our new client-choice Food Pantry in Fayetteville will officially open Friday, June 1 at 9 am. FPS families, who signed up through the school district, will have the opportunity to “shop” the pantry every Friday for 11 weeks at no cost.

This is the first client-choice Food Pantry for The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas and it offers a whole new way to think about food insecurity. “We are excited to begin providing food for families in this way. Often families are given a box of food but the items inside may not fit their needs in the best way,” said Captain Josh Robinett, NWA Area Commander. “By opening a client-choice food pantry we are giving families dignity and caring for their needs on a more individualized basis. This helps us love and care for the people of our community even more.”

The Salvation Army Client-Choice Food Pantry will be open every Friday, June 1 through August 10 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. The pantry will be housed in our  Activity Center building located at 219 W 15th street, Fayetteville, AR. Each week the pantry will be stocked with food options that kids and families can easily prepare for breakfast and lunch. Additionally, this pantry will provide for Washington County clients throughout the week by appointment.

This project would not be possible without support from the Walmart Foundation, the NWA Food Bank, The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, Fayetteville Public Schools, and many volunteers. Together, we have been able to develop a summer program that will meet the needs of hungry families in our community. During the past three months, our team has worked to create this new shopping space. The project has included a complete remodel of our warehouse, the installation and addition of refrigeration coolers, lighting and shelving, plus the addition of many new food products – which will be added throughout the summer.

As we begin this new program, we are looking for volunteers to help stock the pantry and serve as shopping assistants each Friday.
If you’d like to help in this way, please sign up for a shift here, or give us a call. If you would like to donate funds for our summer pantry program, text NWAFOOD to 41444 or click here.

For more questions, please contact us at 479-521-2151 x 103, email jennifer.brown@uss.salvationarmy.org.

Help Provide Ice

Every day of the year we serve an evening meal and recently our ice machine broke – beyond repair. This means we’re in the process of purchasing a new machine that can help people stay cool and hydrated. This ice machine is used daily for breakfast, lunches, dinner, snacks and special events and activities at our Fayetteville location. We’re hoping to have 10o people give $28 to help over the cost of a new machine!

Click here to make a donation or text NWAICE to the number 91999.

Also this summer we will be handing out free fans to our community. We currently have 5o fans on hand to provide to people in need. If you’d like to also donate to $10 for the purchase of a fan for families. You can do this the same way.

Learn more about our shelters here.

Volunteer

Whether you are an individual or a group, we can find the perfect spot for you to volunteer with the Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas. Find a list of opportunities here

 For questions, ideas, details and group project request, please contact our NWA Volunteer Coordinator, Jennifer Brown at 479.521.2151 ext.103 or by email: jennifer.brown@uss.salvationarmy.org