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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.
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