Grants of up to $1000 are available to churches, Boys and Girls clubs, community centers, libraries, schools, and other charitable non-profits who become authorized Afterschool Meals sponsors. The grants are from Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign, and are for starting new or expanding existing after-school meal programs.

No Kid Hungry capacity-building grants average $500 and can be as much as $1,000, and are to help remove barriers such as poor or no transportation, adding food service equipment, or other problems.

Arkansas No Kid Hungry also offers assistance for budgeting, outreach or recruiting volunteers.

For more information about the Afterschool Meals program or Arkansas No Kid Hungry grants, email Justin Keller at or call 501-399-9999.

Grant application deadline in Oct. 15, 2013; DHS approval is required before grants can be awarded.

For grant application information, go to

The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, lead partner for the Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign, is a non-profit network of more than 250 hunger relief organizations in Arkansas. It includes Arkansas Foodbank, Little Rock; Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas, Jonesboro: Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank, Texarkana; Food Bank of North Central Arkansas, Norfork: Northwest Arkansas Food Bank, Bethel Heights; and River Valley Regional Food Bank, Fort Smith.

Go online to for details on hunger relief programs and volunteer opportunities.