Food Sourcing & Logistics

Our Food Sourcing & Logistics Department helps our member food banks access healthy and nutritious foods. 

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AR Beef Project

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Food Sourcing & Logistics is responsible for assisting Alliance member food banks to access nutritious food.  This is achieved through several programs in the department aiding with:

  • Food purchase

  • Protein sourcing & acquisition

  • Food Safety & Training

  • Disaster Relief Coordination

ARkansas gleaning & Gardening project


What is Gleaning?

Gleaning is the biblical practice of hand-gathering crops left after harvest.

“I never want to plow under produce I’ve grown when there are hungry people who need it. I feel good about donating what’s left in my fields and growing a little extra.” Randy Clanton Clanton Farms Bradley County, Arkansas

The Arkansas Gleaning & Gardening Project was created in 2008 when the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and the Society of St. Andrew partnered to form a gleaning network. The donated produce is distributed to our neighbors through the charitable food distribution network. Since the program began, more than 13 million pounds of fresh produce have been gleaned and grown.

Annual Gleaning & Gardening Events

Turnip for Hunger

Watermelon Crawl

In the late fall/early winter we host an annual harvesting event, Turnip for Hunger. Volunteers gather in the field to help pick and load turnips for transport before enjoying traditional harvest games like turnip toss and turnip sack races. All turnips harvested are distributed through the Arkansas Foodbank.

Every summer, volunteers with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance harvest our five-acre watermelon patch at Stone Links Park in North Little Rock. In addition to harvesting melons, participants enjoy watermelon fun and games! Watermelons harvested are distributed through the Arkansas Foodbank.


Be part of the solution

Gleaning is a great opportunity to reconnect with the earth and learn more about food sources. For school and civic groups, Sunday school classes, scout troops and others, gleaning offers lessons in cooperation, community service and compassionate giving.

If you or your group would like to be involved in our gleaning efforts, we encourage you to sign up to be a volunteer and subscribe to our Alliance newsletter. You’ll find out about upcoming gleaning events and how you can participate.

ARkansas beef Project



The Arkansas Beef Project, a program from the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance in partnership with the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association and Farmers Feeding the World, offers cattle ranchers a unique opportunity to provide a much-needed source of protein to many Arkansas children and families in need.

Protein is an important part of a healthy diet, yet many Arkansans cannot afford to buy meat on a regular basis. When they can, it often has a very high fat content. Similarly, food banks don’t have reliable sources for affordable meat protein. The Alliance is grateful for the support of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture.

get involved

Arkansas Cattle ranchers and other protein producers, such as lamb and pork, can donate to the Arkansas Beef Project. All donated protein is distributed in one or two-pound portions to food banks and food pantries across the state to help food-insecure Arkansans have a reliable source of protein. For more information contact Brandon Chapman at  or Michelle Shope at

meet Brandon

Brandon Chapman, a fourth-generation farmer, is the Food Sourcing & Logistics Program Manager and leads the Arkansas Gleaning & Garden Project. Brandon was first introduced to the Alliance when his farm made its first donation to the Arkansas Gleaning Project in 2009. He joined the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance team in April 2016 and uses his agricultural skills managing the Arkansas Gleaning and Garden project, which has produced over 13 million pounds of nutritious food for the Alliance network. The project also includes hunger gardens totaling over 15 acres throughout the state. Brandon is trained in the Food Safety Modernization Act in order to keep the food we grow safe.

He and his family were honored as the Farm Family of the Year for the Eastern district of Arkansas in 2017. Brandon serves on the Pulaski County Extension Advisory Committee.

Meet Michelle

Michelle Shope joined the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance in August 2005 as the Director of Food Sourcing & Logistics. Michelle’s food industry experience spans 37-years. She is a ServSafe instructor/proctor and is Food Safety Modernization Act trained. Michelle has used her years of experience to acquire more food for the charitable food network. Michelle and her team grow and glean specialty crops and work closely with cattlemen and processors to increase access to nutritious food. Having been with the Alliance since its inception, Michelle has helped create and manage numerous programs that help their members serve Arkansans in need.

Michelle serves on the Board of Directors for Shepherd’s Hope Neighborhood Medical Clinic, helping those without medical and dental insurance get the care they need. In 2023, Michelle received the Living Your Values Award from Feeding America.

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