The Community Action Program for Central Arkansas (CAPCA) opened a student’s market to help with the food insecurity issue while children are out of school for summer break.
“We understand that during the summer months, many students face higher food insecurity and we want to help with that,” Community Programs Director Melissa Allen said. “The program began on May 28, and we plan to run until school starts back or donations run out.”
The market, which will include “food items that will be easier for students to prepare,” is open to Faulkner County students in kindergarten through 12th grade, Allen said.
Eligible students can visit the market every two weeks and receive 14 breakfast items, 14 lunch items, 28 snack items and five drinks.
“Food availability is dependent upon donations,” Allen said, adding that anyone who wants to help can order specific needed items at https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2G4RI6PSTE3YW?&sort=default.
The market, which is at 707 Robins St. Suite 120 in Conway, will be open from 8:15-11:30 a.m. and 1:15-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
In order to determine eligibility, students must fill out an application on site with the help of volunteers.
“We need volunteers to help serve the youth,” Allen said.
To register to volunteer, visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080445abae22a0fe3-summer.
Once the application is complete, the student will receive a student market card and begin visit the market every two weeks.
For more information, contact Allen at 501-269-9351.