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Potluck’s food and services are provided without charge to non-profit
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Statewide, Arkansas has over 400 authorized recycling centers that turn an estimated 3.4 million tons of paper, plastic, aluminum, etc. into re-usable products annually…and only one food rescue organization that turns over 2,255 tons of excess, un-served food into more than 5.5 million meals for hungry Arkansans.
Established in 1989, Potluck is food rescue for Arkansas and our mission is to alleviate hunger by bridging the gap between excess food and the hungry.
In 2009, the organization rescued over 4.5 million pounds of a wide variety of food from restaurants, hospitals, caterers, farmers, farmer’s markets, corporate cafeterias, specialty food stores, bakeries, dairies, schools, wholesalers and more.
Food is distributed free of charge to a broad, diverse and rapidly growing network of nonprofit community food programs that include: KIDS’ PANTRY sites serving children at-risk, soup kitchens, day centers for seniors and veterans, homeless shelters, women’s emergency shelters and food pantries.
When there’s good food that’s going unused – rescuing it so it can be put into the hand of those who need it the most makes good sense.
Potluck is proof that the smart idea of food rescue can be transformed into a fully-functioning and efficient operation that helps feed Arkansans at-risk.
Potluck, Arkansas’ only food rescue organization, has been committed to reducing hunger and improving nutrition among at-risk Arkansans since its inception in 1989.
The organization rescues a wide variety of high quality excess, un-served prepared, fresh, frozen and other food but are used instead to provide over 5 million meals annually for hungry Arkansans.
FOOD DONORS: Food is rescued from hundreds of food businesses to include: restaurants, hospitals, caterers, hotels, corporate cafeterias, groceries, specialty markets, dairies, wholesales – and more. This food is then distributed free of charge to a broad and diverse network of community food programs that help feed at-risk children, adults, families and the elderly.
MISSION: Potluck’s mission is to Alleviate hunger by bridging the gap between excess food and the hungry and is carried out by rescuing/distributing food and developing additional effective hunger programs to complement our work.
WHO WE SERVE: Potluck serves community food programs throughout central Arkansas and the state to include: children’s programs; women’s emergency shelters; soup kitchens; homeless shelters; organizations serving displaced veterans and Hispanic families; senior day centers and food pantries.
FUNDING: Support comes from individuals, foundations, religious organizations and civic groups. Potluck is a nonprofit organization exempt from Federal taxation under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code (EIN: 71-0709327).
Every $1 donated helps Potluck provide a wide variety of food for over 19 meals to hungry Arkansans.
Photographs by Nancy Nolan Photography