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

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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.

Opportunity to support Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry

Here’s a quick way to support Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry, who donate plenty of food to the Arkansas Foodbank each year. With every purchase of this cool car flag that says “Head’n to the Deer Woods”, you not only look stylish as you cruise to your hunting spot, but you also help fight hunger in Arkansas. For every purchase of a flag, $5 will go to Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry, who donate the fruits of their hunts to the hungry in Arkansas.

If you’re a big hunter or know someone who is, be sure to purchase your flag today!

 

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.

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.