More than $25,000 in food ministry grants awarded by 200,000 Reasons initiative

Applications now open for fall funding cycle

The United Methodist Church of Arkansas on Sept. 16 announced the awarding of 14 grants totaling $25,394 as part of the 200,000 Reasons to Fight Childhood Hunger initiative.

Grant funds raised through Ingathering, an annual, statewide United Methodist service event, will go to the following United Methodist organizations and churches:

Hunger Logo - FINAL• Argenta UMC North Little Rock

• Emerson UMC

• First UMC Harrisburg & the Arkansas State University Wesley Foundation

• Hawley Memorial UMC Pine Bluff

• Hoxie UMC

• Marianna Larger Parish

• Marshall and Leslie UMCs

• Melbourne UMC

• Mission UMC Fort Smith

• Morrilton UMC

• First UMC Paragould

• St. Paul UMC Searcy

• Theressa Hoover Memorial UMC Little Rock

• White Memorial UMC Little Rock

These funds will support school programs and ministries that feed hungry children, such as backpacks with food items distributed to students for the weekend, school food pantries and other methods of distributing food to Arkansas’ estimated 200,000 children who deal with food insecurity.

The 200,000 Reasons Initiative of the Arkansas United Methodist Church seeks to engage 100 percent of its churches in this initiative to fight childhood hunger by providing long-term stability to hungry families through ministries that meet immediate needs; providing nutrition education; building relationships for empowerment and support; and offering a public witness to Arkansas communities about the needs of hungry children.

Another round of grants for local churches and church-related ministries will be awarded for the Fall 2016 funding cycle. Applications are due by Oct. 15, 2016, and are available for download at