Faith Relations

With over 77% of the Arkansas Foodbank’s agencies being faith-based, we know the faith community has a passion for serving others and providing for the hungry. In terms of contributions, volunteers, and partnering together to resource the many food pantries and feeding programs sponsored by our congregations, this alliance has been a key ingredient in our mission. Below you will find resources to give your congregation more opportunities to get involved and learn about the important work of the Arkansas Foodbank.

Questions Contact Kaitlyn McCarty: 501.569.4314

Get Involved

Start a Food and Fund Drive!

Click below to learn about starting a Food and Fund Drive

Hold a Food Drive


1 hour = 107 meals


Become a Member
and start a Pantry!

Become a Member


Faith Community Collaborations

Mobile distributions support

– Offer a church location for a mobile distribution and volunteers to help pack and distribute food boxes (10 people is customary).

– Boxes would likely NOT come pre-packed, so a covered space to box the food is preferred.

– Food storage space may be necessary if the food isn’t distributed on the same day; this also depends on the types of food they would distribute (i.e. frozen, perishable items). If you have any congregations interested in hosting a distribution, please send the church name, contact name, phone number, physical address and email address to

Availability for hosting a distribution depends on our available budget for 2021. Our Community Initiatives team will contact those who have offered to host.

raised garden plots

– Offer long-term volunteers to help with spring planting and summer harvest.

– Garden Plots are being built on the grounds of the Arkansas Foodbank.

– Planning will begin in early 2021 based on budget allowances.

– If interested, contact Kaitlyn to be alerted when more information is available!

summer meal programs

– Help the Foodbank find new Summer Meal Program Host Sites for 2021 in Bradley, Chicot, Phillips, Monroe, Lee, and Jefferson Counties.

– Help identify transportation support to satellite sites in surrounding Counties like Ashley, Phillips, and Desha.

The deadline for setting up new Summer Meal Program Host Sites is February 2021. If you have any congregations interested in helping, please send the church name, contact name, phone number, physical address and email address to

new foodbank member pantries

-Help the Foodbank locate new member pantries in Arkansas, Phillips, Lee and Monroe Counties. These new pantries will receive product from a newly opened Foodbank branch in Helena/West Helena.

– We are also looking for additional member agencies in Pope County.

If any congregations are interested in learning more about what this entails, please direct them to Kaitlyn.


Contact: Kaitlyn McCarty, Development Coordinator or 501.569.4314

If you’d like to keep your congregation up-to-date about the Foodbank’s initiatives and how you can get involved, check out the following resources.

Arkansas Foodbank's Faith Committee

Mary Lewis Dassinger, 200,000 Reasons/  United Methodist Church  CHAIR

Sandy DeCourseySt. Joseph Center of Arkansas

Brian DollarFirst Assembly of God North Little Rock

Rev. Derick EasterNew St. Hurricane Baptist Church

Jeannie Ford AndrewsSecond Presbyterian Church

Dr. Rev. Gordon GarlingtonPresbyterian Church (USA)

Malea HargettCatholic Diocese of Little Rock

Bob HarperArkansas Baptist State Convention

Rabbi Gene LevyRetired

ShaRhonda LoveArkansas Minority Health Commission

Dr. Larry MillerUAMS/Department of Human Services

Darrell RayArkansas Baptist State Convention

Emily RobertsCatholic Diocese of Little Rock

Rev. Alison RobuckDisciples of Christ

Neal ScogginsArkansas Baptist State Convention

Michelle ScrogginsSalvation Army

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