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Insufficient Food for the Summer

July 17, 2017

The truth is, we need you. And that is not something we say lightly.

Each year, we give out over 90,000 meals in this community to men, women, and children in need. Some of those meals are hot meals at our shelter, others food bags, and still others are special meals at Thanksgiving or Christmas. We serve meals 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 

But right now, our food pantry is incredibly low. While many think to give food around the holiday season, summer often goes forgotten.

And yet, children are out of school resulting in extra mouths to feed. Families are in transition as they move to a new area to start over. And the heat is bringing more and more homeless to our doors.

So what can you do?

Buy an extra case of peanut butter or cereal when you go to the store and drop it off.

Run a food drive with your church, social group, child’s sports team or workplace. We even have a toolkit to help you through the entire process.

Donate money designated for our food pantry.

What do we need most?

  • peanut butter
  • beans
  • canned meat
  • baby food
  • boxed foods (mac & cheese, hamburger helper, etc.)
  • diapers
  • green beans

Where can you drop off?

  • FAYETTEVILLE: 219 W 15th St.  |  Mon-Fri 8 to 7 (or by appt. 479-521-2151)
  • SPRINGDALE: 329 Holcomb St.  |  Mon-Sat 10 AM – 7 PM
  • BENTONVILLE: 3305 SW I St.  |  Mon-Fri 9 AM – 8 PM (or by appt. 479-271-9545)

Thanks for your help! Let’s #feedNWA together.

Fabulous Food Partners

August 15, 2016

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We have been so blessed to find friends in Whole Foods Market!! The company is committed to community and their desire to make Northwest Arkansas a better place is so evident!!

Whole Foods Market donates their food waste to The Salvation Army several times a week, providing our shelter with healthy necessities! Over the summer months alone, their dairy and coffee donations have saved us over $1200! We’ve also been able to provide top-of-the-line snacks like nuts and protein bars at no cost to us, items that would otherwise not be available to our guests due to cost. Whole Foods Market is providing healthy, high quality food options to a community that would otherwise not have access.

I caught up with the champions of our partnership, Allison Chilcote (Marketing Team Leader) and Chamisa Wheeler (Team Member), to chat about saving food waste, being a conscientious shopper, and making a difference for the impoverished in our community. Read on, friends!

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The Heart of Whole Foods Market

“Community is extremely important to Whole Foods Market. It is the foundation of the company and important to its team members who work toward increasing access to fresh, healthy food!

In 1980, Whole Foods Market started out as one small store in Austin, Texas with a variety of local and regional products on the shelves. Less than a year later, a massive flood destroyed the store inventory and damaged equipment. Community vendors, creditors and partners joined forces to help get Whole Foods Market operational again. It was the pivotal point when Whole Foods Market recognized it takes a team and a community and the company’s core values were developed and transformed. You can see that in the way Whole Foods Market approaches business today as a company and community partner.” (See their core values –> here!)

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Importance of Rescuing Food (before it becomes waste)

“The needs in our community are always growing. We can make change, impact people and inspire them to reach others by teaching them to think about their food and be more conscious about what they buy, creating a trickle effect. It is our job in the community to work together to scale back food waste, help more where we can, and be more conscientious consumers.”

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What are some ways that individuals and families can recover food and be cautious of food waste in their own homes?

“Know your resources. What is my Plan B for food? Change your mindset to think of where food can go if you cannot eat or cook it.

Whether it be taking your food scraps to a compost, reaching out to a local shelter or food bank, going to your church or non-profit recipient, or thinking of your neighbor who may not have dinner, and inviting them over!

These actions give you the freedom to cook something delicious and healthy and not have the guilt of potentially wasting it.”

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The Heart of the Whole Foods Team

(Chamisa) “When I realized we work with food banks, I got really excited. I understand the depth of the problems that we face in Northwest Arkansas. Now, I go home at night and I think about families who have a little more tonight than what they started off with.”

I go home with a less heavy heart knowing that this company is giving back so much. Whole Foods gave me that opportunity. I love that Whole Foods embraces community and has so much compassion, and that we are making a difference.

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Catch up with Whole Foods Fayetteville:
Website: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/fayetteville
Social: @wholefoodsfay
#fayfresh #wfmteam

Little Caesars Love Kitchen

July 19, 2016

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Last week, the coolest semi-truck in the country pulled up into our parking lot! It’s pizza for a purpose, and Little Caesars is taking it all over the nation to serve those in need!

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“We know that it’s important to reach out to the communities where we do business and help make a difference,” said David Scrivano, president and CEO of Little Caesars Inc. “As a family company, we are proud to work together with our local franchisees and company-owned stores to coordinate the vehicle, staff and food and to be there for the people in Fayetteville who need assistance.”

The Team

Local team members provide the staffing and supplies for the event! Mike (Love Kitchen Driver), Miguel (Springdale and Rogers GM) , JD (Fayetteville General Manager), and Wyatt (Fayetteville Employee) made up the all-star team that brought this event to life! They churned out enough pizza to feed 175 people and were the true success behind the night!

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Other Partners

Several non-profits in the area came to share their information with the community and work together to make a difference for those in need in Fayetteville! Welcome Health is an amazing free health clinic in Fayetteville with the kindest staff and great facilities! 7 Hills, our partners in service, offer a day shelter in South Fayetteville and LifeSource provides many services for low-income families including summer day camps and counseling services! (They all do MUCH more than that short spiel. Check out their websites for more info!)

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Thanks to everyone who helped make this community pizza night possible! And the biggest of THANKS to Little Caesars for giving back in Northwest Arkansas. Together, let’s Do The Most Good!

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Walmart Foundation Funds Feeding

July 7, 2016

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We are honored to announce that the Walmart Foundation has granted us with $40,000 to be used for our feeding programs!! They give so much to making this community a better place, and we are thrilled to be entrusted with their funds and supported by their giving.

It is our mission to create opportunities so people can live better. We consider it our responsibility to make a positive impact in the communities we serve. Whether it’s through the grants we provide to the thousands of organizations that share our mission or through the inspiring volunteer efforts of Walmart associates, we are passionate about helping people live better. One community at a time.  -Walmart Foundation

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Feeding programs are a vital part of what we do at The Salvation Army, and this grant will give us the opportunity to impact so many lives! But just how big of an impact will this funding make??

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Last year, The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas provided 47,790 meals and distributed over 2,000 food boxes to those in need. Meals are served every night of the week at the emergency shelters in Fayetteville and Bentonville, as well as, for Wednesday night youth programs, holidays, and special events. Food Boxes are administered at the social service offices in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Siloam Springs. Want to learn more? Read up on all of our social services here and stories of lives they have impacted!

Thank You Walmart
So a HUGE thank you to our partners at the Walmart Foundation for supporting the work we do in this community! Together, we can Do The Most Good!

Chipotle Mexican Grill

June 27, 2016

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…

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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”.

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FOOD WASTE

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.

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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!!

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**Sources
Food Consumption
USDA Statistics
Reducing Food Waste
Household Poverty
US Census