Starting to make a difference in the lives of hungry children is as easy as asking 1, 2, 3!

  1. Where do children live, learn, and play?
  2. Can we serve them where they are?
  3. What human, physical (kitchen, building, land, bus) and financial resources do we have?

Here are some documents to help you get started:

For some hunger-related activities, see 200K Reasons Activities. Referenced files for the activities are:

For other activities, visit our partners, the Arkansas Foodbank and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, and learn what they are doing to provide food for hungry families in Arkansas.

To increase knowledge and awareness of the need for ministries centering around childhood hunger, start here with the 200K Reasons Learn Guide.
The following files are referred to in the Learn toolkit:

Learn what the National Commission on Hunger recommended to Congress in their 2015 Final Report.

Read synopses of some of the books on the Recommended Reading Lists:

The Gospels have many examples of Christ feeding his followers. Live out this example of love with the 200K Reasons Feed Guide. This toolkit gives ways to distribute ready-to-eat food including backpack programs, school meals, soup kitchens, and summer meals.
Files referenced in this toolkit include:

  • 200K Reasons Arkansas Food Banks – see below for the list of Food Banks in the state
  • 200K Reasons Arkansas Food Resource Directories – see below for the lists of food sources sorted by county within each ARUMC District
  • 200K Reasons Funding Resources – see below to find out where to get money, grants, or material assistance
  • 200K Reasons Recommended Websites – (see the Learn Toolkit for a more detailed list)
  • Arkansas Report CardUniversity of Arkansas Office of Education Policy
  • Breakfast After the BellNo Kid Hungry/Share Our Strength
  • Community Eligibility ProvisionFood Research and Action Center
  • FRAC ArkansasFood Research and Action Center

If you are interested in a community garden or gleaning programs, the 200K Reasons Garden Guide includes how-tos and resource information.

Useful Gardening Resources are:

He answered, “Whoever has two shirts must share with the one who has none, and whoever has food must do the same.” (Luke 3:11 CEB)

One way to help those in need is to provide food and ways of getting food. To find out how to do this, use the 200K Reasons Provide Guide.

The Provide Toolkit uses the following additional resource files:

Education is one of the most effective methods of helping those who experience hunger. The 200K Reasons Teach Guide contains studies you can use to lift up and give hope to those who are experiencing hunger.

Resources used in this toolkit include:

In order to create long-term solutions to the issue of hunger, United Methodists of Arkansas must advocate for change. Use the 200K Reasons Witness Guide to get started.

Files used in coordination with the toolkit:

Additional Resources

Statistical Information

The following documents contain statistics and other information that will give a good “bird’s eye view” of hunger, some of which may prove useful when applying for grants.
Arkansas United Methodist Church Hunger Information

State of Arkansas Hunger Information

United States Hunger Information