The Alliance has more than 500 member organizations, agencies and individuals from around the state. The six Feeding America food banks are the heart of our network.
Our members are as diverse as the regions of the state itself, ranging from global food retailers to legislators to small food pantries, to friends and neighbors. But large or small, they all have one thing in common: they are committed to making sure that no Arkansan goes without food. We invite you to become a member of the Alliance and a partner in our mission. Membership fees are tax deductible.
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Statewide Advocacy/State Agency Programs ($125 annually)
Statewide organizations that advocate, do research or have an interest in ensuring Arkansas families have enough to eat are valued members of the Alliance. Membership is also open to those who run federal programs that focus on nutrition or hunger issues.
Local Hunger Relief Organizations ($25 annually)
Membership is available to local organizations such as food pantries, emergency shelters, food rescues, and soup kitchens that provide direct hunger relief to those in need.
Individual Hunger Advocates ($25 annually)
Those people who do not provide direct hunger relief but wish to lend their time, talent or other resources to helping reduce hunger in our state are encouraged to become members of the Alliance.
Individual Lifetime Membership ($200 one time fee)
Those people who do not provide direct hunger relief but wish to lend their time, talent or other resources to helping reduce hunger in our state. This membership does not expire.
Benefits of Membership
State food purchasing program [SFPP] and Alliance grants.
Members have the opportunity to apply for capacity building grants funded through the Alliance by the State Food Purchase Program. The grants enable member agencies to expand their capacity to deliver direct services, through the purchase of refrigerators, freezers, shelving, or other facility improvements. Agencies can also use grant dollars to improve educational programs they might offer or to expand their service areas. Grant applications are available from December through January, with awards made in February. Food purchased through the SFPP is available quarterly and is distributed through our regional food banks.
Safe Food handling.
The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance offers food safety training and certification through the ServSafe program. Feeding America requires its member food banks to have at least one ServSafe certified person on staff and that all key food handling staff and volunteers be trained, with certification optional but recommended. Agency personnel are required to receive training, but certification is optional. If you are interested in training for your staff or agencies, please contact Michelle Shope at email@example.com.
As a member you also have the tools you need to keep up on hunger issues and events impacting our hunger community through:
- Alliance Alert E-newsletter
- Email Volunteer Opportunity updates
- Email Action Alerts
- Advocacy bulletins
- Promotional materials
- Participation in our annual Serving Up Solutionsand Hunger Action Breakfast
- Bi-annual Hunger day at the Capitol advocacy event
- Our annual Membership Conference