A Cities Combating Hunger Convening will take place in Little Rock on October 10, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. With support from the National League of Cities and the Walmart Foundation, Little Rock launched a campaign to connect kids and teens to free afterschool, weekend, and summer meals. The campaign, which can be replicated in small, medium, or large cities, is supported by Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. and the Little Rock City Board of Directors. With one in four Arkansas children facing food insecurity, the Little Rock City Board passed two resolutions in 2018 to support the campaign and improve access to healthy food for their children and youth.
The free event is targeted to city and county elected officials, school superintendents, and Child Nutrition Directors. Community leaders representing public libraries, community centers, churches, boys and girls clubs, 21st-century learning programs, and parks departments are also encouraged to participate. The United States Department of Agriculture reimburses organizations up to $4.45 for each qualifying meal and snack served to youth 18 and under.
Participants will gain a broad understanding of the role cities and counties can play, and an overview of federal meal programs. Following the event, participants will receive technical assistance in starting or expanding federal meal programs in their communities, as well as city and county branded marketing tools. This event is being held in partnership with the Food Research and Action Center and the National League of Cities. Presenters will include representatives from the Central AR Library System, the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, the City of Little Rock, the Little Rock School District, and representatives from smaller communities across the state. The event will take place at the Centre at University Park located at 6401 W 12th St, Little Rock, AR 72204. A limited number of travel stipends are available for participants that register before September 15th. If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Katharine DeRossette at email@example.com or 501-918-3016.