Pulaski County Hunger Reduction Initiative Provides $500,000 for Food Pantries

Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde presented the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance with $500,000 on June 2, 2022,  to facilitate a new initiative. Its goal is to improve public health and reduce hunger in the county, especially among senior and homebound residents.

The Pulaski County Hunger Reduction Initiative will provide direct support to food pantries serving county. These funds will be used within Pulaski County to improve or establish hunger gardens, purchase food, and improve or establish food delivery programs.

Judge Hyde and the Pulaski County Quorum Court allocated funding for the Pulaski County Hunger Reduction Initiative. The Initiative developed after a successful 2021 Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance pilot program distributed $100,000 in funds to Pulaski County food pantries, impacting 16,708 residents.

“We know the people who use the charitable food network’s number one request is for healthier foods and for fresh produce and vegetables,” Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance CEO Kathy Webb said. “So that’s one reason why we are targeting that type of food, so these families can have access to that. It really matters.”

Learn more about the initiative and how to apply the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance website. Agencies serving Pulaski County can apply for up to $66,000 between Wednesday, June 1 – Friday, June 17, 2022. Apply for the grant through the Pulaski County Hunger Reduction Initiative portal.