Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance honors United Methodists for 200,000 Reasons initiative

United Methodists of Arkansas were among those recognized by the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance at the 2016 Hunger Action Breakfast, held Sept. 20 at the Junior League of Arkansas building in Little Rock.

Pictured, from left, at the 2016 Hunger Action Breakfast: SiKia Brown, Out of School Programs director for the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance; Mary Lewis Dassinger, project coordinator for 200,000 Reasons; Arkansas Area Bishop Gary Mueller; Deaconess Colleen Caldwell, project manager for 200,000 Reasons; and Patty Barker, No Kid Hungry campaign director for the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. COURTESY PHOTO

Pictured, from left, at the 2016 Hunger Action Breakfast: SiKia Brown, Out of School Programs director for the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance; Mary Lewis Dassinger, project coordinator for 200,000 Reasons; Arkansas Area Bishop Gary Mueller; Deaconess Colleen Caldwell, project manager for 200,000 Reasons; and Patty Barker, No Kid Hungry campaign director for the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance.
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The Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church received one of 14 Acting Out Against Hunger Awards, which honor individuals and organizations that in the past year have gone beyond the call of duty to relieve hunger in Arkansas. The Conference was one of four honorees in the philanthropic/nonprofit organization category for its 200,000 Reasons to Fight Childhood Hunger initiative. Governor Asa Hutchinson was among those congratulating the honorees on their work.

The Alliance’s executive director Kathy Webb highlighted progress in the state, and reminded the group of what remains to be done.

“Feeding America reported earlier this year our household food insecurity rate is 19.1 percent, down from 19.7 percent, and our childhood food insecurity rate is 26.3, down from 28.4 percent. Significant, but still unacceptable,” she said. “The Governor’s Healthy Active Arkansas Plan, which includes many of our programs, is going to mean further progress for reducing hunger in Arkansas.”

At the Arkansas Annual Conference in June, United Methodists affirmed the 200,000 Reasons initiative for another three years of emphasis, with the goal of having 100 percent of United Methodist congregations involved in hunger relief, education and advocacy ministries. To learn more about what your church can do, visit www.200kreasons.arumc.org.

The 200,000 Reasons initiative has partnered with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance to provide resources and education for hunger-related ministries affiliated with United Methodist churches and organizations. To learn more about the Alliance, visit www.ARhungeralliance.org.