Many people donate to food pantries during the holiday season, but you can give the gift of health year round by donating healthy food to local food pantries and meal programs.

One in 5 Arkansas families go hungry, and many of these men, women, and children are at high risk for diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic health problems. When you donate healthy foods to your local food pantry, you aren’t just providing a meal for a hungry family. You’re giving a healthier future to those who need it most.

Most-requested healthy food donation items: iStock_000025896668_Double

  • Canned tuna, salmon, or chicken
  • Protein-based soups/stews Canned vegetables (low in sodium)
  • Canned fruits (in water)
  • Infant cereal, formula, and baby food
  • Peanut butter, almond butter, or sunflower butter
  • Brown rice
  • Dried beans Whole wheat pastas
  • Oats/oatmeal
  • Nuts and trail mixes
  • Protein bars
  • Low sugar granola bars

In addition, many food pantries will accept fresh produce and other perishables. Please contact the pantry directly for more information.


Food Pantries:

UAMS and Feed Communities are working with the following Northwest Arkansas food pantries to help them provide the healthiest food possible for their clients. These pantries provide food assistance to more than 5,000 people per month.

Bread of Life
208 W Emma Ave, Springdale, AR 72764
(479) 750-5229

CARE Community Center
2510 N 17th St #203, Rogers, AR 72756
(479) 246-0104

House of Hope Rescue Mission
505 E Emma Ave, Springdale, AR 72764
(479) 756-7333

Hunger and Thirst Ministries
Address: 3298 E Kenwood St, Siloam Springs, AR 72761
(479) 373-6220


Hunger, Obesity, and Health Disparities in Northwest Arkansas

Did you know:

  • One quarter of Northwest Arkansas children live in poverty (source: United Way of NWA). Across the state, 38% of Hispanic children live in poverty.
  • People dealing with food insecurity are also more likely to be obese, due largely to the lower cost of unhealthy foods (source: State of Obesity Report, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
  • Obesity is linked to numerous chronic health problems, including high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease and premature death (source: Centers for Disease Control).
  • Eating healthy food like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables lowers the risk of obesity and chronic disease.
  • Heavily processed foods that are high in sugar, salt, and fat can have devastating health consequences for those with or at risk for diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and other chronic illnesses.
  • Nationwide, 8% of Americans have diabetes, a number that is on the rise. A total of 17% of Hispanics have diabetes. There are an estimated 10,000-12,000 Marshallese living in Northwest Arkansas, and as many as 20-50% of them are diabetic.

For many families in poverty, a healthy diet is financially out of reach, even for those whose medical needs make healthy foods more important than ever. Your donation of healthy food does more than just help to feed a family. You are giving the gift of better health for so many in need.