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Project HOPE Food Bank receives $2K grant
Project HOPE Food Bank receives $2K grant

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Project HOPE Food Bank was selected by General Improvement Funds to receive a $2,000 grant. 

Arkansas ranks second highest in the nation for the number of children facing food insecurity.  To combat child hunger, in our community the food bank has developed a Backpack Assistance Program. Project HOPE Food Bank started the Backpack

Assistance Program at the request of area schools seeing an increase in the number of children struggling with hunger.   In 2014, a grant from the Giving Circle through the Arkansas Community Foundation established our program.  This grant provided funding to partner with area non-profits, business and individuals to provide backpacks to children in need.  

The program utilizes trained teachers and school counselors to identify children struggling with food insecurity.  This is usually accomplished through applications for reduced or free lunches.  Often the identification process is validated by children coming to school hungry and struggling with learning.  Children facing food insecurity struggle developing mentally, physically and emotionally.  Often these developmental challenges will last through out their lives.

The grant will be used by the food bank to purchase food for school backpack programs.

If you are interested in partnering with the Project HOPE Food Bank, to provide nutrition over the weekends for children in need, please feel free to contact us at 501/623-3663 or come by 915b Gaines Ave., Hot Springs, AR.