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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.

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!

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.

Meet your coordinator Kay Kay DeRossette

Standing at only 5 feet and 2 inches, Kay Kay DeRossette is the muscle behind Be Mighty Little Rock. A fifth-generation native of Vicksburg, Mississippi, DeRossette went to the same Catholic school from pre-K to senior year. In her small town, everyone knew everyone.

Her journey to Be Mighty Little Rock is a bit out of the ordinary, starting with the fact that she majored in Exercise Science at the University of Mississippi.

“When I started college, I thought I wanted to be in the healthcare field,” DeRossette said. “I tried pharmacy then switched to pre-nursing. Ole Miss does not have a nursing school at the main campus in Oxford, and by the time I got ready to apply to nursing school I had fallen in love with main campus life. I decided to switch my major to Exercise Science with the goal of completing an accelerated nursing degree. But I never applied to nursing school.

Fortunately, DeRossette’s campus involvement aided her transition into the nonprofit sector. Her most stellar experience was an internship for The Green Grove Campaign with the Office of Sustainability at Ole Miss. This became a three-year project and ultimately a permanent fixture on campus that is still in operation today. The campaign increased ecological awareness, improved education around football game-day recycling, and eventually led her to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

DeRossette explained the project with nostalgia. “The Environmental Protection Agency hosted a game-day challenge where colleges and universities reported diversion rate for one football game.” [Diversion rate measures how much waste avoids landfills and becomes reusable or compostable –ed.] “The University of Arkansas was the only SEC school to rank in the top ten. I was impressed with their abilities to divert waste on game day and saw them as a leader in the south. My co-curricular experiences in undergrad led me to pursue a master’s in Higher Education and graduate certificate in Sustainability from the University of Arkansas.”

Her time at the University of Arkansas was well spent as she worked in the Center for Community Engagement as the Food Programs Graduate Assistant. She was able to successfully support student leaders from the Full Circle Campus Food Pantry and Razorback Food Recovery program. Together, they were able to recover 50,000 pounds of food from campus dining halls.

After graduating from the University of Arkansas, DeRossette was hired as a Feeding America: Child Hunger Corps member at the Arkansas Food Bank in Little Rock. She values what she learned there. “Arkansas Food Bank was a great experience and where I was first introduced to federal nutrition programs. I also learned a lot about nonprofits and the Feeding America Network.”

Sitting in her office with décor in sharp purple, green and blue for Be Mighty Little Rock, DeRossette enthusiastically shared how she became the engine behind the anti-hunger campaign.

“The City of Little Rock had received a grant to create an anti-hunger campaign. With this grant, the city led a partnership including the Central Arkansas Library System, the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, and the Little Rock School District to launch Be Mighty Little Rock.”

“A friend heard the advertisement for this position on the radio one morning and told me they thought it would be a good fit for me—I decided to apply,” she said. “I was on a run one day and got a call in the middle of the run offering me the position.”

Her acceptance of the position was a good thing for Little Rock. Seldom does a coordinator gracefully wear so many hats and count it all as joy. With her infectious smile and calm demeanor, DeRossette shared what roles bring her the most satisfaction as well as difficulty.

“I enjoy visiting meal sites, meeting site coordinators, and observing meal service in action. Seeing families participate in our programs is the most rewarding part of this job. I get stressed if something goes wrong with a delivery, or if a volunteer that we had scheduled to work meal service does not show up. The day-to-day logistical stuff can bring stress, but it’s an important part of the program.”

While day-to-day operations can be hectic, it’s Be Mighty’s potential that keeps DeRossette invested and engaged. She feels that this potential for creativity and innovation grounds her. However, there have been hard truths she has had to both learn and accept in this industry.

“There is always going to be more work that can be done, or things that can be improved,” she said. “I try identifying resources to implement positive change one step at a time, rather than getting bogged down by trying to alleviate poverty and save the world. I ask myself, what can I do to make things better today? Then I try to do it.”

If one person can’t save the world, how do they measure success? While data might be the most obvious choice, DeRossette believes that data does not always tell the entire story. An increase in program participants is a major win but not the only objective. DeRossette also measures success through partnerships.

During the 2019-2020 school year, Be Mighty partnered with the Little Rock School District to sponsor 16 after-school meal sites. This initiative was a major success because local resources and networks were utilized to combat a local problem. Since then, Be Mighty has connected local nonprofits to the Department of Human Resources to help them become USDA meal sponsors.

Be Mighty Little Rock’s goals for the 2020-2021 school year still include connecting families with meals, but now it’s time to consider expanding meal sites, adding screening and referrals, and focusing on meal quality. DeRossette is passionate about these efforts.

“Providing complete meal coverage is a goal for 2020. This means having various locations serving meals at different times and days in target neighborhoods,” she said. “Another goal is to build a food security screening and referral system for our website. This will help us connect families in need to additional resources like SNAP, WIC, transportation, and food pantries. Food quality is one of my biggest passions. I would love to make improvements to the quality of food provided through these programs.”

Nothing is standing in the way of DeRossette’s goals, not even COVID-19. While the pandemic changed how meals are served, it did not stop the entire operation. Before the pandemic, it was required for students to eat their meals while on the premises of a meal site. But after the virus struck, USDA allowed students to grab a meal and go offsite throughout the summer months.

While USDA has not approved a waiver for grab-and-go after-school meals, Be Mighty Little Rock is working to figure out the best solution. Be Mighty will continue to provide meals for the community but also make sure that staff and participants will be safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Be Mighty Little Rock becomes more efficient each year. What would it look like for the campaign to prepare its own meals and expand to other counties? While it might be too soon to tell, DeRossette is working to create more depth for Be Mighty Little Rock. With the support of the Central Arkansas Library System, she is able to implement innovative solutions to solving hunger in our community.

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.

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