Gwatney Chevrolet’s “Drive Against Hunger”

Gwatney Chevrolet and the Arkansas Foodbank have teamed up to fight hunger in Arkansas this holiday season. Gwatney Chevrolet has created an amazing incentive to donate non-perishable food items. When purchasing a new Chevy, Gwatney will knock $100 off the price of the vehicle per non-perishable food item you bring in, up to 10 items or $1,000. This is an incredible deal if you are looking to purchase a new Chevrolet car, truck or SUV. In addition to this, Gwatney has pledged to match each non-perishable item you bring in 2-for-1. So if 1,000 items are donated, Gwatney will throw in 2,000 extra!

This is event runs through the end of this month, so you only have a little more than a week to take advantage of this wonderful offer!

Where: Gwatney Chevrolet
When: Through November
Contact: See Sales Manager James Miller or Shawn McClish or call 501-982-2102

Poultry Federation donates 600 turkeys to the Arkansas Foodbank

Take a minute of your time to watch this wonderful video from ArkansasOnline. The Poultry Federation has donated 600 turkeys to the Arkansas Foodbank to distribute to hungry families this Thanksgiving. What a generous gift!

http://www.arkansasonline.com/videos/2011/nov/07/5378

Food Drive at Twilight: Breaking Dawn premiere!

Are you a huge Twilight fan? Just going because your girlfriend is dragging you kicking and screaming? Regardless of your motivation for going to see the new sure-to-be blockbuster Twilight: Breaking Dawn, you can make a difference in some hungry Arkansans lives. Rave Motion Pictures is holding a food donation drive while the throngs of eager fans await the midnight release Breaking Dawn. The food drive will be held from 7-9 p.m on November 17th. Here are some guidelines from ArkansasFoodbank.org on what to bring if you plan on donating:

TOP TEN ITEMS NEEDED:

  • Canned meats/fish/poultry
  • Canned/Packaged Meals
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cereal
  • Soups
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Fruits
  • 100% Juices
  • Pasta and Pasta Sauces
  • Diapers

All donations should be non-perishable, and nothing should be in glass containers. Unfortunately the Health Department does not allow us to accept homemade items.

Help Your Favorite Radio Personalities Raise Food, Money and Awareness

DJs from some of your favorite Crain Media radio stations will be holding a radio food drive next week, collecting donations for the Arkansas Foodbank. Tune in to Mix 106.3, KHITS 96.5, My Country Y107.1 or Big Rock 93.3 to find out how and when to donate, as well as keep up with how well the drive is going. They’ll be collecting canned goods as well as cash donations.  I hear they’ll have a big-rig at their remote location to haul away their donations. Let’s help them fill it up!

If you were thinking of giving, this is a great time—before the season of giving carries us away. There will be more information available Monday.  Until then, keep listening, and follow your favorite station on Facebook, Twitter, and their official sites:

How many cans of food do you think it would take to fill a tractor trailer?

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.

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.

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.

Have an experience holding a food drive?  We’d love to hear what worked for you and what you learned!

It’s the little things…

We want to give a special thanks to the managers and residents at the Riverwalk Apartments in downtown Little Rock. They organized a cereal drive to benefit the Foodbank Network and it was an overwhelming success!

All it took to make a huge difference in some hungry peoples’  lives was this simple Facebook post:

And that post generated ALL this cereal:


This is a perfect example of how social networking can be utilized to mobilize the masses of people out there who are eager to help out, but may need a quick reminder! Thanks again to the Riverwalk Apartment Complex for their generous donation.