Interfaith Arkansas and Hunger Relief Alliance secure more grant funding for hunger ministries

Hunger Logo - FINALAn $85,000 grant for Arkansas nutrition programming efforts was among $400,000 distributed by Global Health unit of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries earlier this year. The grant, awarded to Interfaith Arkansas in partnership with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, is providing more funding for work that supports access to good nutrition for children in our communities.

“We are very pleased to partner with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance as we seek to reduce childhood hunger in Arkansas,” said the Rev. Stephen Copley, a Church and Community Worker with the UMC General Board of Global Ministries who serves as executive director of Interfaith Arkansas.

Building on previous grants from the Arkansas Conference’s 200,000 Reasons initiative to reduce childhood hunger in Arkansas, this funding is giving more United Methodist churches opportunities to open pantries, plant community gardens, hosting Cooking Matters classes and sponsor summer and after-school meals so that kids struggling with hunger will no longer have to wonder where their next meal will come from.

“We are working with Geyer Springs United Methodist and El Zócalo [Immigrant Resource Center] to offer Cooking Matters classes there, we are working with First UMC Little Rock to offer Cooking Matters classes there, and at the same time we’re supporting all these sites that have received 200,000 Reasons grants, as well,” said Patty Barker, the No Kid Hungry campaign director with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance.

“We would still like to talk to any churches that are interested in offering Cooking Matters classes or interested in supporting a summer or after-school meals program for kids, or support a community garden, whether it’s on-site at their church or supporting a nearby garden in partnership.”

To explore how your congregation can receive grant funding to help support your neighbors who are experiencing food insecurity, contact Barker at 501-399-9999, ext. 24 or