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What’s all the hype about summer meals?

Nearly 61 percent of students in Arkansas receive school lunch at no cost. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) partners with the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) to administer the Summer Food Service Program. The City of Little Rock is urging schools, local government agencies, camps, faith-based organizations, and other non-profits to participate in the Summer Food Service Program. Making summer meals a community-wide initiative will increase students access to quality meals throughout the summer.

Meal sites may be located in a variety of safe and supervised settings, including schools, parks, community centers, hospitals, clinics, churches, and camps. To get started, talk with your organization and determine if you have the capacity to serve meals this summer.

There are two options for organizations interested in serving meals. The first option is to become a meal site under an established sponsor. Contact the Be Mighty Project Coordinator at kderossette@cals.org or call 501-918-3016 to obtain a list of established sponsors. The second option is to apply to sponsor meals through DHS. Sponsors have the option to prepare meals on-site or have a vendor supply meals for the program. Organizations that decide to sponsor a meal program need to submit an application to DHS by April 30th. DHS works with applicants to introduce them to the program, explain requirements, and assist with the onboarding process.

DHS will host an application training on March 5th. The morning session is from 9:00 am to noon. The same information will be available again in the afternoon from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Additional training will take place on March 25th from 9:00 am to noon. Training takes place at 5401 S. University Ave. contact the Department of Human Services at 501-682-8869 to register.

Let’s PLAY, Little Rock!

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Be Mighty’s tagline, “Eat. Play. Learn.” is a call to action for parents, students, teachers, and the greater Little Rock community.  Play is one of the main ingredients needed for Little Rock to Be Mighty.  Little Rock prospers when we have an active and healthy youth population. Last week we shared information about where to eat when schools close for winter break.  This week we are challenging youth to stay active throughout the holidays.  Let’s move Little Rock.

Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore, it can be fun! Take part in your favorite activity.  Learn a new hobby or share one of your talents with a friend or younger sibling.  We are calling youth and their families to participate, be involved, compete, and Be Mighty.

Here are a few ideas for how to get moving in Little Rock.

  • Play a game
  • Take a brisk walk or hike
  • Play a sport (basketball, volleyball, soccer, etc.)
  • Visit a park
  • Go for an indoor swim
  • Go for a jog or run
  • Do yard work
  • Complete a home workout
  • Dance
  • Do active housework like vacuuming or sweeping
  • Go mall walking, bowling, or roller skating.
  • Practice yoga or other fun group classes
  • Take the stairs
  • Pick up litter

Focus on having fun! Ready, set, go!  Let’s Play, Little Rock!

Be Mighty wants to hear from you.  How do you PLAY in Little Rock?  Where do you PLAY in Little Rock?  How does playing make you Mighty? Tag Be Mighty Little Rock for a chance to win a $25 gift card to the Dust Bowl. Be creative. Winners will be announced January 2nd at 1 p.m.

Aquí es Donde los Niños Pueden Comer Durante las Vacaciones del Invierno

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Durante el descanso de escuela del invierno, mientras muchas familias preparan una cena y regalos para compartir, unas familias preocupen de que no tendrán suficiente comida para su familia. Las escuelas de Little Rock cierran por dos semanas para las vacaciones de invierno. Muchos niños de la comunidad cuentan con el desayuno y almuerzo en la escuela. Be Mighty Little Rock desea ayudar a los padres y cuidadores tomar conciencia de las varias ubicaciones dentro de Little Rock con actividades divertidas y comida para ninos de edad 18 y menos.

Los 20-21, 26-28, 31 de diciembre y 2do de enero las siguiente ubicaciones ofrecen el almuerzo desde las 11:30 de la mañana hasta las 1:30 de la tarde:

  • Asbury Park Apartments localizado en 8500 Keller Dr.
  • Colonial Parc localizado en 5813 Baseline Rd.
  • Oley Rooker Library localizado en 11 Otter Creek Ct.
  • Spanish Jon localizado en 5001 W. 65th St.
  • Spring Valley localizado en 8701 Interstate 30
  • Whispering Hills localizado en 11500 Chicot Rd.

Los 20-21, 26-28 de diciembre y 2do de enero las siguiente ubicaciones ofrecen las siguientes bibliotecas ofrecen comidas y actividades por la tarde:

  • Williams Library
    • 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
  • Fletcher Library
    • 2:30 p.m. a 3:30 p.m.
  • Sidney S. McMath Library
    • 3:30 p.m. a 4:30 p.m.
  • Main Library
    • 3:45 p.m. a 4:45 p.m.
  • Children’s Library and Learning Center
    • 4:00 p.m. a 4:45 p.m.
  • Dee Brown Library
    • 4:00 p.m. a 4:30 p.m.

Los sábados del 21 y 29 de diciembre las siguiente ubicaciones ofrecen comidas y actividades por la tarde:

  • Children’s Library and Learning Center
    • 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
  • Main Library
    • 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Williams Library
    • 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Abajo está una mapa de las varias ubicaciones que ofrecen actividades y comidas para niños de edades 18 y menos. Para más información por favor envíe un correo electrónico a Kay Kay en kderossette@cals.org

Here is Where to Eat when Schools Close for Winter Break

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While many families prepare to share a meal and exchange gifts over the winter vacation, 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 parents and caregivers become aware of the different locations around Little Rock with fun activities and food for youth ages 18 and under.

On December 20-21, 26-28, and January 2nd the following locations offer lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • Asbury Park Apartments located at 8500 Keller Dr.
  • Colonial Parc located at 5813 Baseline Rd.
  • Oley Rooker Library located at 11 Otter Creek Ct.
  • Spanish Jon located at 5001 W. 65th St.
  • Spring Valley located at 8701 Interstate 30
  • Whispering Hills located at 11500 Chicot Rd.

On December 20-21, 26-28, 31, and January 2nd the following libraries offer afternoon meals and activities:

  • Williams Library
    • 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
  • Fletcher Library 
    • 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Sidney S. McMath Library
    • 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Main Library
    • 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • Children’s Library and Learning Center 
    • 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • Dee Brown Library
    • 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

On Saturdays, December 21st and December 29th the following locations offer fun activities and meals:

  • Children’s Library and Learning Center 
    • 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
  • Main Library 
    • 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Williams Library
    • 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Here’s a map of the various sites listed above. For more information please email Kay Kay at kderossette@cals.org.  A big thank you to F.E.E.D. First USA (lunch) and  Equal Heart (afternoon) for sponsoring these USDA meal programs.