The River Valley Regional Food Bank (RVRFB), a charitable organization, is based in Fort Smith, Ark., and works to alleviate hunger by acquiring and distributing food to people in need. The RVRFB distributes food to approximately 166 nonprofit food pantries, senior centers, youth shelters and other agencies throughout an eight-county region in west central Arkansas. The food bank distributes more than 22 million pounds of food each year. It is one of 200 national food banks that make up the Feeding America network, and one of Arkansas’s six food banks that are connected through the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. The food bank is a program of the Crawford-Sebastian Community Development Council.
The food bank distributes food at low or no cost to approximately 166 qualifying agencies throughout eight West Central Arkansas counties who then distribute it to individuals and families in need.
Not only is hunger unacceptable, hunger hurts! Of course, we all know about hunger pains, they certainly hurt. But when people go hungry because rent, utilities, medicine and even car expenses come first, hunger takes a physical and emotional toll. Hunger even hurts has an economic impact as inconsistent food intake affects productivity, absenteeism and punctuality.