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Local Summer Food Programs Receive Grants

July 19, 2012

The recipients are the New Zion MB Church in West Helena and The Family Center in Helena.
The No Kid Hungry Free Summer Meals campaign is designed to connect local churches, nonprofits and civic groups that want to help feed children during the summer months with U.S. Department of Agriculture reimbursement funds for that purpose through the U.S. Department of Human Services.

Share Our Strength, a national non-profit group dedicated to eliminating childhood hunger, and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, offered additional funds in the form of grants as an added incentive to encourage groups and organizations to become summer meal program sponsors.

Authorized USDA Summer Food Service Program sponsors that applied received grants to help increase the capacity of their programs. Capacity building could take many forms. For example, the organization can use the money to buy new kitchen appliance to recreational and educational equipment to transportation.

Throughout Arkansas, more than $163,700 in Share Our Strength grants were distributed to sponsors of summer meal sites.

The Summer Meals Program makes free nutritious meals and snacks available to youngsters under age 18 through the summer months. No identification or registration is required and many sites also offer recreational and educational activities besides the meals.

To find a safe, supervised summer feeding program site nearest you, call 1-888-4KID4AR or text the word Food AR to 877877. You can access an interactive map of summer meal sites in the area by going to http://www.NoKidHungry.org/Arkansas.