The Arkansas Foodbank is one of the founding members of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, a non-profit umbrella organization representing a network of hunger relief organizations located across the state. The Alliance works with local, state and federal organizations to help shape policy decisions that impact hunger in our state. Today, the organization includes more than 250 members including the original six food bank members, local food pantries, soup kitchens, food rescue organizations, global food wholesalers and retailers, state level hunger programs and hunger advocates from around the state who are working daily to reduce hunger in Arkansas.
The Alliance began in 2001, when the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation awarded funding to examine and improve the existing charitable food distribution system in Arkansas. The hunger-relief organizations in the state were identified and contacted by the Reynolds Foundation to determine their interest and willingness to work together to build a coordinated food distribution system. In 2004, the six founding members, the Arkansas Foodbank, Food Bank of North Central Arkansas, Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas, Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank, River Valley Regional Food Bank and the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank, with the assistance of a 3-year start-up grant from the Reynolds Foundation, formally incorporated the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance in the state of Arkansas.
In 2010, the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and Share Our Strength, a national non-profit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America, joined with Governor Mike Beebe and First Lady Ginger Beebe to launch the Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign, a public-private partnership. With generous support from corporate partners, Walmart, Weight Watchers, Tyson Foods, and the Midwest Dairy Council, the Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign is connecting Arkansas children to federal food and nutrition programs including school breakfast, summer meals and afterschool meals programs, Cooking Matters and Cooking Matters at the Store, as well as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).