Feeding the Hungry in Central Arkansas
The goal for many of us this holiday season is to limit our number of tasty treats so we don't tip the scales when the New Year rolls in! The goal for those less fortunate is to simply find one hot meal a day.
Families in central Arkansas can help make that happen by giving of their time and money during the holiday season (and all year long).
Here are some organizations in central Arkansas already on the front lines of feeding the hungry and homeless, making it easy for your family to give back.
Where: Salvation Army, 1111 W. Markham St., Little Rock
What: The Salvation Army serves breakfast and dinner Mon.-Fri. and breakfast, lunch and dinner Sat. and Sun.
How to help: The Salvation Army welcomes individual volunteers to serve and clean up meals as well as groups to bring and prepare food. Call Kathy at 374-9296 ext. 110 to schedule your group or click here.
Where: Little Rock Compassion Center, 3618 W. Roosevelt Road, Little Rock
What: The center serves three free meals a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. They also act as a shelter, sleeping around 250 people per night.
How to help: To volunteer in the kitchen or to donate food, call 296-9114.
Where: Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church, 1601 S. Louisiana St., Little Rock
What: The church hosts a free community breakfast every Sunday morning from 9-10:15 a.m. as well as "Stone Soup," which serves a different free meal to the public every Sunday afternoon from 3-4 p.m. The church also has a food pantry open on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 1-3 p.m.
How to help: Those interested in volunteering at the community breakfast, Stone Soup or the food pantry, call the church office at 375-1600 and ask for Sarah.
Where: First Presbyterian Church, 800 Scott St., Little Rock
What: The church has hosted "Stewpot" for 30 years, which feeds free lunches to the public from noon-1 p.m. Mon.-Fri. There is also a free clothing room open on Thursdays and a free health clinic presented by Baptist Health on Fridays.
How to help: To volunteer with Stewpot, call the church at 372-1804 and ask for the volunteer chairman.
Where: Immanuel Baptist Church food pantry, 10500 W. Markham, Little Rock
What: IBC will take food donations at the pantry location every Tuesday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
How to help: Drop off donations during food pantry hours or call the church at 376-3071 for more info.
Where: Bethlehem House, 930 Faulkner St., Conway
What: This shelter also has a daily 6 p.m. soup kitchen
How to help: Volunteers are needed to "adopt-a-meal," by simply bringing a meal for 25-30 people to the shelter. They also need other donations of non-perishable food, fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, eggs and meat to refill the food pantry. For more info, call 329-4862 or click here to download a volunteer application or to make a monetary donation online.
Where: Friendly Chapel, 116 S. Pine St., North Little Rock
What: The church serves free warm lunches Mon.-Fri. from Nov.-March and sack lunches in June, July and August.
How to help: The church occasionally needs volunteers to help serve, and they can always use donations of food. To help, call the church at 371-0912.