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 also can be a challenge for families and kids who are short on food.
To help meet this need, The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas has partnered up with Fayetteville Public Schools to identify and provide for families provide meals for kids who are home during the summer months. The new pantry will open on Friday, June 1. This will be the first client-choice food pantry for The Salvation Army in Northwest Arkansas. FPS families, who signed up through the school district, will be invited to “shop” the pantry every Friday for 11 weeks at no cost.
The Salvation Army Client-Choice Food Pantry will be open Friday, June 1 through August 13 from 9 AM – 12 PM and 1:00 – 4:00 PM. We pantry will be stocked with a variety of food options that kids and families can easily prepare for breakfast and lunch.
To celebrate this new endeavor, we are hosting a Ribbon-Cutting on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 10 AM. All are welcome to attend and tour the new pantry space.
The development pantry and summer program 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.
As we continue into the summer we’re inviting the community to help serve these families and clients by becoming a volunteer. We need people to help stock the shelves or be shopping assistants. To become a volunteer, please contact us at 479-521-2151 or go to www.nwasalvationarmy.org/volunteering