The Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign launched in October 2010 with a goal of ending childhood hunger for Arkansas children by 2015. Arkansas ranks sixth highest in the nation for child food insecurity, with more than one in four children struggling with hunger. The Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign is working to close this gap with programs like the school breakfast program, summer meals program and afterschool meals program.
On Monday, November 10, inVeritas Creative Director Amy Kelley Bell and her husband, Chef Matthew Bell, hosted a fundraiser for the Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign at South on Main. Guest chefs were invited to participate in the evening including Chef Felicia Suzanne Willett of Felicia Suzanne’s Restaurant, Chef Kelli Marks of Sweet Love Bakery, Chef Travis McConnell of Butcher & Public, Chef Jeff Owen on Ciao Baci, and Chef Capi Peck of Trio’s.
The evening began with a cocktail reception with beverages crafted by Barman David Burnette of South on Main and Beverage Director Lee Edwards of Yellow Rocket Concepts, and passed hors d’oeuvres by Chef Capi Peck. Guests then enjoyed a 5-course meal with wine pairings donated by De Nux Distributors.
Over 130 tickets were sold, and between tickets sales, live auction and paddle raises, the Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign raised almost $50,000! All of the money from the evening will go directly to the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, of which CEO Ruth Whitney is a board member. Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance will use the funds to expand programs like the school breakfast program, summer meals program and afterschool meals program.
We are proud of the work the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance is doing for Arkansas children through the Arkansas No Kid Hungry Campaign! We hope you will consider supporting their organization through attending a future fundraiser, or donations as part of your holiday gift giving. Please click here to find out how you can become involved and help us make No Kid Hungry a reality for Arkansas children!