New grant money to help feed Arkansas kids after school


LITTLE ROCK ― Churches, Boys & Girls clubs, community centers, libraries, schools, and other charitable non-profits are invited to apply for grants to help feed hungry children.

No Kid Hungry capacity building grants average $500 to $1,000. Those who become authorized Afterschool Meals sponsors are eligible to receive grant money from the Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign to start or expand existing afterschool programs.

These grants are meant to help sponsors overcome barriers to feeding kids, such as transportation or equipment issues. The Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign also offers assistance on budgeting, outreach, and volunteer recruiting.

One in three Arkansas children doesn’t know where his or her next meal will come from. For many, school lunch is the only regular meal they can depend on each day. The Governor’s office, Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign and Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance are working with the Arkansas Department of Human Services to increase the number of afterschool meals programs to help ensure children get three healthy, nutritious meals each day.

For more information about the Afterschool Meals program or Arkansas No Kid Hungry grants, contact Justin Keller at jkeller@arhungeralliance.org or 501.399.9999. The grant application deadline is Oct. 15. Grants will only be awarded to sponsors once they receive DHS approval. Visit http://www.arhungeralliance.org/programs/no-kid-hungry/afterschool-meals/ to download grant application information.