The Summer Food Pantry is Open on Fridays from 9-12 and 1-4 PM
Families who signed up with FPS are eligible for the 2018 summer program. For more questions call 479-521-2151.
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 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 be open every Friday, June 1 – August 10. 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 times 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 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. Sign ups or the Summer Food program have ended. However, if you are in need of Food, please give us a call at 479-521-2151 to schedule an appointment with Social Services.
Our summer feeding program 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.
We are also looking for groups and companies to host food drives for items that will be provided to families all summer long. Here are a few items that we need most.
• Deli Meat
• Peanut Butter & Jelly
• Canned Spagettios and Raviolis
• Fruit Cups
• Canned Chili
• Juice (Koolaid, Capri Sun)
For more questions or interviews, please contact us at 479-521-2151 x 103, or email us here.