More than 560,000 people in Arkansas are food insecure, and many are faced with limited access to affordable and nutritious food. Without wholesome, nutrient rich food to eat, these Arkansans are more likely to experience a range of health problems including malnutrition, cardiovascular disease, high levels of stress and an overall poor quality of life.
To provide relief, promote change, and to impact the health risks associated, Baptist Health Foundation volunteers assemble Give Fresh bags full of fresh produce to be distributed to families in high-need neighborhoods during each week of the BHealthy Farmers Market. The families that receive these bags also receive education on how healthy eating habits will impact their individualized health assessments. Give Fresh: The Power of Food also supports local farmers by exclusively purchasing produce from Arkansas farms. During the first year of the program, more than 1,300 boxes were distributed, and that number needs to steadily grow to remedy the food crisis in our state.
In addition to Give Fresh bags, Baptist Health Foundation also shares our resources with those in need through our Give Fresh Mobile Kitchen, gifted to us by some generous donors. Custom built with the latest commercial cooking equipment, this mobile kitchen enables us to distribute the food and provide cooking demonstrations for families in these high-need neighborhoods.
We need your help to steadily increase the number of communities we touch to ensure all Arkansans have the opportunity to live a happier, healthier life. Your donation to this program could make a huge impact.
"This program has meant a lot to this community and the people who live here. It's promoting healthy eating, and so many times people do not know how to prepare different foods. It's been a real blessing to the community."
- Zola Hudson, Mayor of Altheimer, AR
"Your donation of fresh veggies was a blessing, since I am on a limited income. May God bless you always for your gift. "
- Program Recipient, Little Rock, AR
"Today I had dinner with a beautiful, colorful vegetable plate. All fresh produce. I need help getting my weight down. The new me will be revealed by eating right! Thank you!"
- Program Recipient, Woodson, AR