We are thrilled to begin this new series on food partnerships in our community!! We do not work alone when it comes to feeding those in need here is Northwest Arkansas, and we want for our supporters and friends to know the amazing people who help make our work possible! Be looking for a food partner highlight each month and go support these awesome businesses when you get a chance! You can also follow the stories on social media with #feedNWA!
This month, we are proud to recognize an amazing restaurant who gives back every week through the Harvest Program. Drummrolll…
Instead of letting their excess food go to waste, Chipotle Restaurants have decided to give back! Each Chipotle location in Fayetteville is a part of an initiative called the Harvest Program. This program is coordinated by Food Donation Connection, an organization that seeks to “expand their global network linking available sources of surplus food to those in need through existing charitable organizations”.
According to the US Department of Agriculture, “Americans throw away more than 25 percent of the food we prepare, about 96 billion pounds of food waste each year.” 96 BILLION POUNDS.
Let’s put that into perspective.
So thank you, Chipotle, for choosing to make a difference and giving your food waste to those in need in our community!! In addition to their harvest donation, Chipotle on Dickson Street is sponsoring a proceeds night for The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas! Go grab a meal, tell them you love The Salvation Army, and they will donate 50% of the proceeds to our programs!!
Reducing Food Waste
Did you know that The Salvation Army has summer camps all over the nation? In fact, we staff and run nearly 48 camps across the country! Just like many summer camps, our kids get to experience the ropes course, songs by the campfire, activities and crafts!
But unlike many camps across the nation, our kiddos get these amazing experiences for only $35/child.
In general, the American Camp Association says that the average weekly cost of an overnight camp is $690. It could, however, cost as much as $2,000 a week.* Our campers are sent for $210 dollars/week, and the parents are asked to contribute $35 of that total for registration.
This summer, we are thrilled to be sending 31 children to camp! Why send them to summer camp, you may ask? Here’s a few reasons why sending kids to camp, especially low-income children who may not otherwise have this opportunity, is valuable!**
- Camp helps build self-confidence and self-esteem
- Camp is a safe environment
- Camp is a place to build social skills and make friends
- Camp can help kids increase in independence and show more leadership skill
- Camp is a fun place to build friendships feel more socially comfortable
These kiddos were so grateful for the chance to go to camp last summer. Will you consider sponsoring a child this year?
Full Sponsorship– $210 (covers one week of camp for one child)
Partial Sponsorship– $100 (covers parent registration and some camp costs for one child)
Registration Sponsorship– $35 (covers the parent registration fee for one child)
To give DONATE HERE and specify that you are sponsoring a child in Northwest Arkansas for camp. Or give us a call 479-521-2151!
*Camp Cost Statistics
**The Value of Camp
Donuts are a yummy, tasty treat! That’s about all the average Joe knows about this delectable pastry. In fact, most people can’t even agree on a spelling! Is it donuts or doughnuts?! We may never know, but there are a few things we can teach you about the history of the donut! So get ready to learn a little more about this favorite, American treat. Happy National Donut Day, friends!
Ready for some fun facts about this auspicious holiday?!
- Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers in France during World War I. The women wanted to bring a taste of home to the soldiers, so they began frying donuts in helmets! They later became known as the “Donut Lassies”.
- The Salvation Army started Donut Day during the Great Depression as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to The Salvation Army’s social service programs.
- President Eisenhower later made the day official to honor the work of the “Donut Lassies”, hence National Donut Day!
Here is the ORIGINAL history of Donut Day brought to you in a minute and 9 seconds!!
We also have the original recipe used by the Donut Lassies!! Want to start a fun, family tradition?! You can make these donuts in your home! Though you may want to use a frying pan instead of a soldier’s helmet (Click image to print)!
This year, we had the privilege of partnering with Krispy Kreme in Bentonville!! They donated 40 dozen donuts for us to distribute all over NWA today. We loved keeping the memory of the Donut Lassies alive today by honoring service men and women in our community . Check out the pictures from our donut deliveries this morning!