Summer Newsletter 2021

Taking the kitchen on the road

Mobile Kids Cafés

Our community is continuously changing, and Mid-South Food Bank is evolving to meet the needs of some of our society's most vulnerable members - children facing hunger.

The child nutrition team opened the Food Bank’s first Kids Cafe in 2004 and grew the program housed in Boys & Girls Clubs and Girls, Inc. Twice a week children are served hot, nutritious meals and learned about healthy food. Over the past 17 years, many of those host sites have shut their doors due to economic hardships, leaving just one Kids Cafe open in 2021.

Child Nutrition Manager, Tasha McCraven, will not let shuttered doors stop the children she serves from getting the meals they desperately need.

“When things get difficult, it’s time to get creative because we can’t let our children go hungry,” says Tasha.

Taking inspiration from the Mobile Pantry distribution program, Tasha decided it was time to take the kitchen on the road and directly into children’s neighborhoods.

Partnering with local food truck owners, our Kids Cafes are now mobile. Mid-South Food Bank provides the food for a set menu prepared just for children, and the food truck owners meet our team in neighborhoods with high rates of child food insecurity.

If you own a food truck and would like to partner with Mid-South Food Bank, visit our website midsouthfoodbank.org/children.

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In This Issue

  • Fighting Hunger In Arkansas
  • Assistance For Seniors
  • Expanding Access To Bare Needs
  • Reaching Rural Communities
  • Upcoming Food Bank Events

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Posted by Haley Scruggs at 23 August 2021

Spring Newsletter 2021

Turning Hunger into Hope for 40 years

Mid-South Food Bank Milestone

The Food Bank has come a long way since 1981 when it was founded as a MIFA program. In the past 40 years, we've grown to include more than 300 partner agencies, distributing nearly 400 million pounds of food throughout our 31-county service area.

Now we're rising to the challenge brought to us by a global pandemic as 397,570 people in our community are living food insecure. Many have never needed help from the Food Bank before.

We could not have done it without your support. This year, Mid-South Food Bank is asking our generous community to celebrate with us and to continue our mission of changing lives by eliminating hunger in the Mid-South.

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Posted by Haley Scruggs at 11 May 2021