Meals for Virtual Students

Little Rock School District provides meals for virtual students. This upcoming distribution will contain enough food for 22 breakfast and 22 lunch meals (December 8 to January 4th). There will not be another pick up in the month of December. The link is currently active until Friday December 4, 2020.

Parents can choose to pick up meals from one of the following locations: Roberts Elementary, Southwest High School, and the Warehouse Kitchen located behind Central High School at 1501 Jones St.

Queridos Padres: El Distrito Escolar de Little Rock está ofreciendo comida gratuita para TODOS LOS ESTUDIANTES VIRTUALES- ( No los que atienden en persona). La caja de comida incluye 22 desayunos and 22 almuerzos para cubrir las comida desde el 8 de  Diciembre  hasta el 4 de Enero. Esta es la única distribución para este año. No va a haber otra distribución de comida para el mes de Diciembre.  La fecha límite para aplicar es este Viernes Diciembre 4, pero para recoger la caja debe hacerlo el 8 de Diciembre ( es el único día).   La distribución será hecha en tres (3) escuelas:

  • Roberts Elementary (Desde las 8:00 a las 9:00 a.m.- o desde las 2:45 hasta las 5:30 p.m)
  • Southwest High School ( Desde las 7:30 a 8:00 a.m o de 4:00  hasta las 5:30 p.m)
  • En el edificio  de la cocina del Distrito (Kitchen Warehouse) ubicado en 1501 Jones Street (Desde las  9:00 a 10:00 a.m.- o desde las 2:00 hasta las 5:30 p.m)

Si está interesado haga lo siguiente: Comuníquese con su maestra o llame a los teléfonos 501 5391270/ 5014473383/ 5014473389 o 501 4473712,donde lo ayudaremos le atenderemos y llenaremos la forma en Español.

Llame PRONTO. No espere.

Free Food for Families

To celebrate the upcoming holiday, the Central Arkansas Library System is hosting food distributions for families. Each household will receive a box containing 30 pounds of fresh ingredients as well as four recipes that they can use when preparing the items in the box. Using the same recipes, programmers will record cooking demonstrations. They will upload the videos to YouTube. Each box will have a flyer with the YouTube channel information. Families can go online to view cooking demonstrations and then prepare their meals at home together as a family.

Friday, November 20

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

McMath Library | 2100 John Barrow Rd.

Williams Library | 1800 Chester St.

Saturday, November 21

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Children’s Library and Learning Center | 4800 W. 10th St.

Dee Brown Library | 6325 Baseline Dr.

A second distribution will take place the second week of December. For more information, please contact Kay Kay DeRossette at kderossette@cals.org.

Chefs For the Polls

A fresh meal is more than a plate of food — it’s a sign that someone cares and that there’s hope for the future. As people across Little Rock get ready to make their voices heard, often facing great, nearly insurmountable challenges to do so, we can support and uplift them and show them how much they matter. World Central Kitchen is using the power of food to make Election Day one of community and hope.

People often cast their vote before work, during their lunch break, or after work — all prime meal times. World Central Kitchen knows that while long lines are an inconvenience for some, for many they can mean the difference between voting and not voting. For these reasons, World Central Kitchen and its partners are activating Chefs For The Polls to serve nourishing meals on early voting days and Election Day. They will be stationed by polling locations sharing meals with anyone – no questions asked.

“Since March, World Central Kitchen has been in Little Rock working with partners across the city, area food trucks and restaurants, bridging gaps in our communities. Chefs For The Polls allows us to continue building community and supporting our neighbors.”- Lori Ducey, World Central Kitchen

World Central Kitchen joins forces with food trucks and restaurants, continuing to engage with community-driven solutions that provide fresh meals – and also keep small businesses open in the midst of a health and economic crisis.

Chefs For The Polls is a non-partisan effort that will feed people of all political parties and beliefs. Meals are not offered as an incentive or reward for voting; rather, meals will be available at polling sites for anyone who is hungry.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, and both early voting sites and regular polling places will be open from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm.

On Election Day, all early voting sites will serve as polling centers, and will be open to voters from anywhere in the Pulaski County.

For complete election information in Pulaski County, please go to VotePulaski.net.

Tuesday, November 3

Conway County Fair Multi Purpose Building located at 901 E Elm St., Morrilton, AR

Crepe Coop| 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Noch’yo Nacho | 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Dee Brown Library located at 6325 Baseline Dr.

Cranford | 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Cranford | 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Jacksonville Community Center located at 5 Municipal Dr., Jacksonville, AR

Tacos Godoy | 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Tacos Godoy| 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Laman Library located at 2801 Orange St., North Little Rock, AR

Adobo To Go | 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Adobo to Go | 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

McMath Library located at 2100 John Barrow Rd.

Excaliburger | 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Nach’yo Nacho | 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Pulaski County Regional Building located at 501 W. Markham St.

Community Bakery | 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Pop Pop | 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saint Mark Baptist Church located at 5722 W 12th St.

Cranford | 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Haygood | 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thompson Library located at 38 Rahling Cir.

Well Brewed| 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Ivy’s Mobile Café | 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Williams Library located at 1800 Chester St.

Community Bakery | 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Crepe Coop | 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

COVID 19 Staff & Volunteer Training

Thank you for volunteering to serve meals at Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) during COVID-19. Please watch the video posted below and review the following documents prior to serving meals at CALS. Once you arrive on site sign the training sheet to confirm that you have received proper training to serve USDA meals at CALS. If you have questions about USDA meal service at CALS please email kderossette@cals.org or call 601-218-4948. These rules only apply to meals served Monday- Friday.

Monday- Friday Meal Service

Little Rock School District staff will deliver meals to library sites between 10:30 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. Daily Meal Count Forms will be included with each delivery. Staff and volunteers should record the number of breakfast meals served on one sheet and the number of lunch meals served on another sheet. Prior to serving meals, volunteers and staff should wash their hands with soap and water for twenty seconds. Then put on gloves. Staff are required to wear mask while serving meals. If you need more masks, let me know and we’ll deliver more to your branch. Group the lunch sack with the breakfast sack and two cartons of milk. Then place the grouped meals on the table for the guardian or child to grab. These meals are available for children 18 and younger. Children do not have to be present to receive a meal. If no children are present, ask the parent how many children are in their household and then instruct them to take the same number of breakfast and lunch meals. Cross off numbers as each meal is distributed. Please take your temperature before serving meals. If you have had contact with anyone that has tested positive for COVID-19 or are running fever over 100.4 notify Kay Kay and she will find a sub to fill your shift. If you run out of meals before the end of meal service text Kay Kay (601-218-4948) and she will notify LRSD to deliver more meals. At the end of meal service, Daily Meal Count Forms must be emailed to childnutrition@lrsd.org and cc kderossette@cals.org.

Social Distancing Protocol

Set up a table outside of the building blocking the door. Set meals on the table. Then set up two carts in front of the table. Ask the patron to stand at the cart furthest from the table.  Move the number of meals requested to the middle cart.  Then instruct them to grab the meals from the middle cart. Maintain six feet distance from others at all times. This includes others that are also working meal service.

Adult Meals

If a parent would like a meal for themselves, you may give them a shelf stable meal. These are non reimbursable and different from the meals LRSD provides. If you run out of LRSD meals, you may serve shelf stable meals to kids.The shelf stable meals must be counted separately and should NOT be included on the daily meal count forms. At the end of meal service, send Kay Kay a message with the number of shelf stable meals served, if any.

DAILY MEAL COUNT FORM

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement:

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.  

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture 
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or 
  3. email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

CALS Grab Go Meals

Lunches are available for pickup from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Dee Brown, Williams, and McMath branches, seven days a week. Evening meals for everyone are available Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Upon arrival, grab the meal and consume it off-site. If others are present, keep your distance and do not congregate.

  • Dee Brown Library- 6325 Baseline Rd.
  • Children’s Library- 4800 W 10th St.
  • McMath Library- 2100 John Barrow Rd.
  • Williams Library- 1800 S Chester St.

Along with our partners at the City of Little Rock, Clinton Foundation, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, and Little Rock School District, we are providing grab & go meals for children who typically get their most substantial nutrition from their schools and at our libraries.  If you would like to support meal programs at the Central Arkansas Library System, consider donating here.

Lunch at Libraries

Meals are available daily for kids and teens 18 and younger at the following locations from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Upon arrival, grab the meal and consume it off-site. If others are present, keep your distance and do not congregate.

  • Dee Brown Library- 6325 Baseline Rd.
  • McMath Library- 2100 John Barrow Rd.
  • Williams Library- 1800 S Chester St.

Working together to provide these valuable meals are Central Arkansas Library System, City of Little Rock, the Clinton Foundation, Hunger Alliance, and Little Rock School District. If you would like to support meal programs at the Central Arkansas Library System, consider donating here.

 

Weekend Meal Service for Youth in Little Rock

On Saturday, March 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 15 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. the following locations will have grab & go meals available for pick up. 

  • Chicot Elementary- 11100 Chicot Rd. 
  • Dee Brown Library- 6325 Baseline Rd. 
  • McMath Library- 2100 John Barrow Rd. 
  • Terry Library- 2015 Napa Valley Dr. 

Working together to provide these valuable meals are Central Arkansas Library System, City of Little Rock, the Clinton Foundation, Hunger Alliance, and Little Rock School District. If you would like to support meal programs at the Central Arkansas Library System, consider making a donation here.

Here is Where to Eat When Schools Close for Winter Break

While many families prepare to share a meal and exchange gifts over the holiday break, some families worry that they will not have enough food to put on the table.   Schools in Little Rock close for a two week winter vacation and many kids in our community rely on free breakfast and lunch at school.  Be Mighty Little Rock wants to help families know where to go to access a free meal. Participating locations offer free meals and enrichment activities for kids and teens 18 and younger.

Here is a map of the various sites offering meals for youth ages 18 and under. For more information please email Kay Kay at kderossette@cals.org.

On December 23rd, 26th, 27th, 30th-31st, January 2nd-3rd the following locations will serve meals:

  • Williams Library located at 1800 Chester St.  
    • Meals from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Children’s Library and Learning Center located at 4800 W. 10th St.
    • Meals from 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
  • McMath Library located at 2100 John Barrow Road
    • Meals from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Rooker Library located at 11 Otter Creek Ct.
    • Meals from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • Dee Brown Library located at 6325 Baseline Drive 
    • Meals from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Fletcher Library located at 823 N. Buchanan Street
    • Meals from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Terry Library located at 2015 Napa Valley Dr.
    • Meals from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Main Library located at 100 Rock Street 
    • Meals on floors three and four from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • Millie Brooks Library located at 13024 AR-365 Wrightsville
    • Meals Monday and Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Nixon Library located at 703 W. Main St.  Jacksonville
    • Meals from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Sanders Library located at 10200 Johnson Dr. Sherwood
    • Meals from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m

The following libraries offer fun activities and meals on Saturday December 21, December 28, and January 4th:

  • Williams Library
    • Lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Children’s Library and Learning Center 
    • 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Main Library 
    • 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Feel free to print and distribute this flyer!

Where to Eat When Schools Close for Thanksgiving Break

While many families prepare to spend Thanksgiving with family, some families worry that they will not have enough food to put on the table. Schools in Little Rock close for a week-long break for Thanksgiving and many kids in our community rely on free breakfast and lunch at school.  Be Mighty Little Rock wants to help parents and caregivers become aware of the different locations around Little Rock with fun activities and food for youth ages 18 and under. Meal sites offer educational or enrichment activities in addition to meals, which enables children to learn and stay safe when school is out. A big thank you to USDA meal sponsors: F.E.E.D. First USA and Equal Heart.  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

The following locations offer meals Monday through Wednesday

  • Williams Library located at 1800 Chester St.  
    • Meals from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • FEED First located at 6124 Baseline Rd.
    • Lunch from 11:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Snack from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Whispering Hills located at 11500 Chicot Rd.
    • Lunch from 11:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Snack from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Spanish Jon Apartments located at 5001 W. 65th St.
    • Lunch from 11:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Snack from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Colonial Parc Apartments located at 5813 Baseline Rd.
    • Lunch from 11:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Snack from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Brandon House Performing Arts Center located at 3802 W 12th St.
    • Lunch from 11:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Snack from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Children’s Library and Learning Center located at 4800 W. 10th St.
    • Meals from 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
  • McMath Library located at 2100 John Barrow Road
    • Meals from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Rooker Library located at 11 Otter Creek Ct.
    • Meals from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • Dee Brown Library located at 6325 Baseline Drive 
    • Meals from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Fletcher Library located at 823 N. Buchanan Street
    • Meals from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Terry Library located at 2015 Napa Valley Dr.
    • Meals from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Main Library located at 100 Rock Street 
    • Meals on floors three and four from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • Millie Brooks Library located at 13024 AR-365 Wrightsville
    • Meals Monday and Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Nixon Library located at 703 W. Main St.  Jacksonville
    • Meals from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Sanders Library located at 10200 Johnson Dr. Sherwood
    • Meals from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m

The following libraries offer fun activities and meals on Saturdays

  • Williams Library
    • Lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Children’s Library and Learning Center 
    • 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Main Library 
    • 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Here is a map of the various sites offering meals for youth ages 18 and under. For more information please email Kay Kay at kderossette@cals.org.

Print Flyer With Meal Info

Be Mighty Heroes Luncheon

Community members gathered to celebrate a successful summer for meal programs in Little Rock. The community members or “Be Mighty Heroes” make the magic happen, in that their organizations keep the lights on, make sure food is on the table, and offer more than a meal by providing fun, active, and educational ways for kids and teens to spend their summer days. Some of the sites even served meals on weekends too. While sponsoring organizations receive reimbursements for the meals, there are lot of other expenses that are not covered through the USDA reimbursements. A major help to many families was a new Be Mighty LR partnership with Rock Region METRO that allowed many families with transportation challenges to get to the meal sites where food was being served. CALS distributed 1,200 Be Mighty METRO passes that provided kids, teens, and caregivers unlimited rides on any Rock Region METRO Route from June 1-July 31 resulting in 16,792 rides.

Community Centers, Libraries, and non-profits were represented at the Be Mighty Heroes Luncheon on September 10, 2019. During the event, meal providers shared success stories, challenges, and discussed what type of support they would need going forward. Organizations were recognized for exemplary service and programming. One highlight for the Central Arkansas Library System was that meals sites served 50 percent more summer meals this year!

The following meal sites and meal providers were recognized for their service and programs.

Stephens Community Center- Most Fit Site

Southwest Community Center& Williams Library- Early Riser

Brandon House, Fab 44, and Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School- Nutrition Know it All

War Memorial Splash Pad- Coolest Site

Dee Brown Library- Veteran Site

Terry Library & Little Rock Zoo- Rockin’ Rookies

Greater Second Care Center & Brandon House- Enrichment Programs

FEED First USA- Veteran Sponsor

Main Library, Williams Library, Children’s Library- Weekend Warriors

The following sites were not photoed but received awards: Eco Kidz Project-Sustainability, Equal Heart- Longest Summer Ever, and Little Rock School District- Nutritious & Delicious