Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry

We live in a beautiful state. Arkansans love to spend time in the great outdoors. Hunting is extremely popular in our state, which makes the organization “Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry” a brilliant idea to help curb our growing hunger problem. As we enter hunting season here in Arkansas, we felt it would be a great time to spread the word about this great organization. From their website:

“Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry (AHFH) is a community-minded program that provides venison and other wild game to those in need. Organizations, businesses, and churches of many denominations have joined farmers and hunters to transform an abundant white-tailed deer population into a renewable food source for the hungry.”

According to its website, they’ve provided 1.5 MILLION meals since its inception. That’s phenomenal!

Visit http://www.arkansashunters.org for more information on this great hunger-fighting organization.

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Scary Hunger Fact 2

Every parent knows that a hungry child is a disadvantaged child. He can’t grow, develop and learn like other kids. She has trouble focusing and getting along. They complain often of headaches, stomachaches and other ailments. They fall behind in virtually every way.

It doesn’t have to be this way. There is plenty of nutritious food in America to make sure every child grows up healthy and thrives. What’s missing is access to this food. If families don’t have reliable access to healthy, affordable food, they can’t possibly feed their children well.

Scary Hunger Fact 1

It’s true, there are children that feel this way. The problem of childhood hunger is not simply a moral issue. Child hunger hampers a young person’s ability to learn and becomes more likely to suffer from poverty as an adult. Scientific evidence suggests that hungry children are less likely to become productive citizens.

Purchase the “Love” tee and support the Arkansas Foodbank


Popular local merchant Rock City Outfitters has created a t-shirt design to support local charities each month. This month, that charity is none other than the Arkansas Foodbank! Simply purchase this awesome “Love” tee from Rock City Outfitters during the month of October and the proceeds will benefit the Arkansas Foodbank!

From their website:
Printed on high-quality 50/50 soft spun cotton tees. The softest, smoothest, best-looking t-shirts available anywhere. Please note, Rock City Outfitters’ raw blanks are subject to slight color variation.

The shirt retails for $16.99. Pick one up today! Here’s the link to buy online:
http://www.rockcityoutfitters.com/detail.asp?catID=1001&prodID=261

Woo Pig Sooie! Big Nasty supports the Arkansas Foodbank

If you’re a long-time Arkansan, there’s no doubt you remember the legendary 1994 National Champion Razorback basketball team. Corey Beck, Clint McDaniel, Scotty Thurman and Alex Dillard all played a part in Arkansas’ fast-paced, uptempo offense led by Coach Nolan Richardson. Perhaps no player was more important to the team’s success than Corliss Williamson, aka Big Nasty.

In addition to that 1994 NCAA tournament championship, Corliss would later go on to win the NBA Finals as a member of the Detroit Pistons. After a successful career in the NBA, Williamson is now head coach of the UCA Bears. We dropped by a recent practice, and Big Nasty had this to say about the Arkansas Foodbank:


What better person to galvanize support for the Foodbank? Hog fans LOVE Corliss and respect him for his undeniable talent and leadership abilities. Now you should help spread the word by sharing this video with your Hog fan friends on Facebook or Twitter!

Chipotle’s Low Cost Meal

This Halloween, Chipotle is celebrating family farms and their dedication to the land they live on and the delicious food they produce. Join in on the party, come into any Chipotle on Halloween from 6 pm to closing dressed in a costume inspired by the family farm and they’ll hook you up with a burrito, bowl, salad, or an order of tacos made with responsibly raised ingredients for just $2.Have some fun with your costumes. Think crops, farm tools, tractors, silos, or farm animals. Get the proverbial creative juices flowing and you might have a shot at winning a prize in the Costume Contest.

Real Moms dish out meals for under $5

As grocery prices go up, how do you keep the cost of feeding your family down? Anne Coleman (aka Short Order Mom) cooks for a family of nine on a budget of just $125 a week. Save money with her easy, kid-pleasing recipes.

Under 30 minutes! Under $5! Try this easy chicken recipe the next time you’re in a bind to get dinner on the table quickly.

Hands-On Time: 20 minutes
Ready In: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

1 tablespoon oil-sesame or peanut oil
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into thin slices
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons soy sauce or teriyaki sauce
2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger or 1 teaspoon powder
1 3-ounce package chicken flavor ramen noodle soup
1 1-lb bag frozen mixed oriental vegetables
1/4 cup water

Directions

    1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add chicken and cook, stirring frequently, until no longer pink.
    2. Add vegetables and lid. Cook until vegetables are cooked through, about 5 minutes.
    3. In the meantime, cook the noodles (without the flavoring packet) according to package directions. Drain.
    4. Add soy sauce, garlic, ginger and seasoning packet to water. Mix well. Pour over chicken and vegetables, add noodles and toss to mix.

Meet Lily, Sesame Street’s Newest Muppet, Sunday, October 9th

Most of us have watched Sesame Street at some point in our lives—as a young child ourselves, when babysitting, and with our own children and grandchildren.  Whether we realized it or not, our furry Muppet friends were teaching us some very important, and relevant, lessons beyond our numbers, the difference between “near” and “far”, or that “C is for Cookie”.  Each day, the Muppets and their human friends taught us that you can’t judge a person (or Muppet) by his or her appearance; it taught us acceptance of everyone regardless of race, gender, or physical impairment, and it even addressed how to deal with a new addition to the family.  It has addressed the current issues of the day in a way that children can understand and that adults can see and accept as well.

With the introduction of Lily, Sesame Street addresses another issue that needs attention—food insecurity among children.  More than 17 million children across the nation and roughly 166,000 children in Arkansas suffer from food insecurity.  The Sunday special, “Growing Hope Against Hunger”, will introduce Lily, a 7-year-old Muppet suffering food insecurity, will help illustrate what a child living in poverty experiences—from worrying about where her next meal is coming from, being able to talk about it, and eventually find out where to go for help. 

AETN will air “Growing Hope Against Hunger” Sunday, October 9, at 6 p.m. Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams Paisley will guest star.

I’ve already alluded to my favorite Sesame Street memory: lanky, crazy Grover running from the front of the camera to the back of the room, getting more and more breathless as he demonstrates the difference between near and far.  To this day, when I hear those words together, I get a silly grin on my face and, depending on who’s around, I repeat the words in my best Grover impersonation!  

What is your favorite memory from Sesame Street?

Children’s Backpack Program benefit

Want to fine tune your art skills AND help send backpacks full of food home with hungry kids at the same time? You’re in luck! The Arkansas Foodbank Network and Tyson Foods have partnered with Spirited Art to hold an art lesson that benefits the Arkansas Foodbank Network Children’s Backpack program. The event will held on Saturday, October 15th from 1-4 p.m. at Spirited Art in Little Rock. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable, child-friendly food items, which earns you an entry into a raffle drawing for prizes! The cost is $35, with $25 going to the Arkansas Foodbank Network.

You can reserve your own seat by visiting www.spiritedart.com and clicking on “Little Rock Calendar”.

Holding A Food Drive

Hunger Awareness Month is over, but the need for food still exists.  Whether it’s a donation for the Backpacks for Kids program, the Senior Supplement Program, or simply to help where there’s a need, there are many ways to donate.  One way is to hold a food drive. Any event can be a good one for a food drive.  Cans of food can be used to reduce the cost of entry, they can “purchase” raffle tickets, the opportunities are endless!  Here are a few tips to help you get started on the right track:

  • Establish your team or committee
  • Create a food or hunger theme
  • Set your goals and plan logistics
  • Determine the timeline

It’s also a good idea to contact the Arkansas Foodbank and let them know you are holding the drive.  They can provide a list of foods needed and tell you what types of events or themes have been most successful in the past.  The Foodbank also has a “Driver’s Manual” available with additional information to help make your drive a success!

For more information on conducting a successful food drive, contact Jill Bayles at jbayles@arkansasfoodbank.org or 501.569.4321.