"In 2011, Potluck logged more than 41,000 miles collecting food from donors..."
With the stakes higher than ever before, our focus for the past year has been on achieving results, starting with the amount and quality of the food we provide to community food programs feeding hungry Arkansans. A wide variety of excess, un-served/unsold nutrient-rich foods like vegetables and fresh produce – and protein items like beef, poultry, pork, fish made up 76% of more than 4.9 million pounds of food we distributed to agencies – and every ounce of food rescued during the year was distributed free of charge.
The outcomes of this report highlighting our ability to deliver results have only been possible thanks to a broad system of support – which thankfully has remained loyal and strong despite an uncertain and volatile economy.
On behalf of Potluck and the individuals, agencies and communities we serve, thank you for your help in 2011. We wish you and yours a happy, healthy New Year and look forward to your standing with us in 2012 so together we can continue making a daily difference in the lives of others.
2011 Snapshot of
Developed in 1997 to bridge the hunger gap many children from resource poor families face daily by not having access to enough food and/or nutritious food at home – the KIDS’ PANTRY is Arkansas’ only charitable out-of-school meal program solely developed to ensure kids at-risk of hunger have the opportunity to gain access to nutritious food for meals when school is not in session throughout the year.
KP site, Girl's Afterschool Academy - Southwest Little Rock
Each week prior to delivery, almost 3 tons of a wide assortment of high quality prepared, fresh, frozen and nonperishable food was matched up as full and complete meals to ensure kids had a variety of multiple nutritionally balanced meals during the week.
Our first new KIDS’ PANTRY site in 2012 is TOPPS, Inc. in Pine Bluff, Arkansas – a program that provides approximately 300 children with a variety of educational and enrichment activities – and meals each week – after school and during the summer. In one of the most impoverished cities in the U.S., the TOPPS program – like all KP sites – is committed to better meeting the needs of children living in poverty and at-risk of hunger.
TOPPS Executive Director Annette Dove is steadfast in her determination to delivering the support and services necessary to “empower families and change communities by breaking the negative cycles associated with poverty.”
“Without a sense of caring,
there can be no sense of community.”
– Alfred D’Angelo
Photographs by Nancy Nolan Photography