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Protein, Produce & Pennies Food Drive During the Month of October

10/01/2012

Fayetteville to celebrate "Fayetteville Food Security Awareness Month."

October is the month of both World Food Day on October 15 and National Food Day on October 24. Fayetteville, Arkansas, is dedicating the entire month of October to alleviating community hunger and celebrating our community food partners!  Donation boxes for food will be placed throughout Fayetteville in October for this City-wide healthy-foods drive to fill local food pantries.  Did you know that Washington County has the third highest food insecurity rate in Arkansas?  The City of Fayetteville, in partnership with Feed Fayetteville and the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market, are working together to change this statistic, and you can help by donating to the "Protein, Produce & Pennies" food drive. 

Join us on the square on Thursday night, October 4, during First Thursday, where Mayor Lioneld Jordan will give a proclamation at 5:00 p.m. to kick off the month-long event that will result in our pantries full of nutritious foods.  Also, there will be donation stations located throughout Fayetteville October 1 through November 1, where you will be able to bring the following donations:

* Protein: Protein is one of the most efficient and long lasting food energy sources that the human body can utilize and the average person needs 6 - 8 ounces per day.  Your donation of shelf-stable proteins-such as canned tuna and chicken, beans, nuts and nut butter-can be dropped off at City Hall, all City Fire Stations, the Fayetteville Public Library, the Walton Arts Center, Brick House Kitchen Restaurant and the Feed Fayetteville booth at the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market.

* Produce: We are accepting fresh produce grown in your garden, purchased from the grocery store, or from the Farmers’ Market. This fresh produce will be distributed to community meal kitchens the afternoon it is donated.  Please bring any fresh produce to the Feed Fayetteville booth at the Farmers’ Market on the Square.

* Pennies:  Monetary donations may be brought to the Feed Fayetteville booth at the Fayetteville Farmers' Market, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings.  All proceeds will be donated to the Fayetteville Public School District’s Outback pantry to facilitate nutritious ingredients for their healthy holiday food baskets.

For more information about this event or ways you can help fight hunger in Fayetteville go to www.feedfayetteville.org or www.accessfayetteville.org.   Together we can make an impact on hunger in our community!