Mary Lewis Dassinger, Project Coordinator for 200,000 More Reasons, recently announced its local church grant recipients for the spring and summer grant cycle.

“One of the best parts of my job is to join with our grant review committee to make grant awards to local church feeding and literacy ministries,” said Dassinger. “Thanks to the generosity of the Methodist Foundation of Arkansas and those who give during Annual Conference, we were able to present an award to every church that applied, and totaled $25,500,” she added.

“I am grateful for the generous support given by the Methodist Foundation for Arkansas as well as the Annual Conference offering that allows these grants to be offered,” said Jim Polk, ARUMC Director of Connectional Ministries and Assistant to the Bishop. “Even more, I am thankful for the efforts of these and so many other congregations in the Arkansas Conference who are actually doing the work of 200,000 More Reasons. Together, Arkansas United Methodists are making a difference as we strive to eliminate childhood hunger and increase the literacy rate in our state.”

Dassinger added that they had six grantees that had never asked for a grant before and seven who were creating new ministries. “Our feeding and literacy ministries are alive and well!”

Churches that received grants may be found here:

Church District Project Title
Concord United Methodist Church, Drasco Northeast Summer Backpack Program with Literacy Component
Cushman United Methodist Church Northeast Helping Hands Food Pantry: Food Bags For Children
First United Methodist Church, North Little Rock Central Backpack Feeding & Literacy Ministry
First United Methodist Church, Conway Central Summer Feeding Ministry
Green Forest United Methodist Church Northwest Food Pantry Ministry
Hazel Edwards Memorial United Methodist Church, Newark Northeast Garden for Youth
Henderson United Methodist Church, Little Rock Central Food Pantry
Jacksonville First United Methodist Church Central FAM 5000
Lakeside United Methodist Pine Bluff Southeast RELATE (Read, Educate, Learn, Aspire, Tutor, Edify)
Lonoke First United Methodist Church Central Lonoke FUMC Community Garden 2022
Mena First United Methodist Church Northwest Blessing Cabinet
Mount Eagle Retreat Center Northeast Family Get-A-Way
Mt. Olive United Methodist Church, Fordyce Southeast Food Pantry
St. James United Methodist Church, Pine Bluff Southeast Project Transformation Snacks and Supplies
Swifton/Tuckerman United Methodist Churches Northeast North Jackson County UMC Children’s Ministry
Vilonia United Methodist Church Central Summer Feeding Ministry and Reading Program