Thursday, May 1, 2014

Green Groceries gives back

Posted By on Thu, May 1, 2014 at 7:16 AM

click to enlarge gg_mustard_greens.jpg
Obtaining fresh fruits and vegetables is often financially burdensome for low-income families. This, coupled with the fact that much of the fast-food and pre-packaged, processed foods are so inexpensive, only adds to the obesity epidemic in our country—of which Arkansas, of course, is not immune. But one local organization is working to increase the availability of more nutritious foods to the low-income community. Green Groceries is an all-natural food pantry serving these families within the greater Little Rock area. The program is a ministry of Christ Episcopal Church and was created as a pilot food program in spring of 2013.

I spoke with Green Groceries director, Susie Shinn, about the developing program. “The mission of Green Groceries is simple: to provide fresh, local food to low-income families in need,” she says, “The Arkansas Local Food Network (ALFN), supplies the food for Green Groceries and the symbiotic relationship between the two entities is mutually beneficial; families are given fresh, local food they otherwise could not afford, and small farmers are given reliable bimonthly orders to sustain their operations.”

click to enlarge gg_veggies_2.jpg
The food is all locally sourced, and purchased with private funds donated to Christ Church. Families can pick up their groceries twice a month—on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, between 5 to 7 pm. Clients shop through long tables laden mostly with fresh, organic produce—each family allowed one of each item available. Leftover food is stored at the church for future pick-up dates, and perishable food is donated the Dorcas House.

Qualified clients are referred through a number of organizations also providing services to low-income families such as: Our House, Our House CAFSI (Central Arkansas Family Stability Institute) Program, Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Pulaski County, St. Francis House, and the STAY Day Program for Veterans.

The program is currently still in its pilot phase. Clients are only accepted through referral and at this time no new clients are being accepted. However, Green Groceries hopes that as more food becomes available, the program will be able to expand. Shinn says, “The ability to help low-income families lead healthy lives has been the biggest accomplishment of Green Groceries since its first pickup in July 2013. Future goals for the program include sustaining existing operations, as well as, growing the program serve more low-income families in need.”

It’s wonderful to see such important work being done in Little Rock. The chance to acquire wholesome foods from local producers is one that I hope more families have the opportunity to take advantage of. For more information or to find out how to assist with Green Groceries, please contact Susie Shinn at (501) 416-9825 or greengroceries@christchurchlr.org

Tags: , ,

Favorite

Speaking of Green Groceries, Arkansas Local Food Network

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Daniel Walker

  • The Kraft Mac & Cheese Food Hack

    Recently, we held another food hack competition, taking another childhood classic, Kraft Mac & Cheese, and tried to turn it on its head, creating something entirely new and unique. Again, the results were pretty awesome. The rules were simple: Use a whole box of mac and cheese, both noodles and cheese powder, and turn it into any sinister monstrosity imaginable. We had a vote via the Eat Arkansas Facebook page to crown a winner. Here's what was submitted:
    • Jul 30, 2014
  • Food Feedback Friday: The "We need your vote!" edition

    Alrighty...you know the drill with Food Feedback. Tell us what you're eating this week and what you thought about it. I love to hear all the suggestions and I'm frequently looking back through your recommendations to determine my next meal. So share away! Happy weekend, y'all.
    • Jul 25, 2014
  • Looking in on the new Le Pops, now in the Heights

    Le Pops is a wonderful addition to the Heights neighborhood. Laurie Harrison is incredibly dedicated to her product, she still works here 7 days a week and is constantly experimenting in the kitchen to develop new flavors. Check them out the next time you need a cool down.
    • Jul 24, 2014
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • In defense of Planned Parenthood and abortion rights

    An op-ed in today's New York Time by Katha Pollitt says what I've been struggling to say about the reaction to the attack on women's reproductive rights launched by means of the undercover videos made by anti-abortion activists.
    • Aug 5, 2015
  • Maddie's Place makes a believer out of a skeptic

    After a long hiatus, I return to Maddie's Place in Riverdale and find the food is a lot tastier than I remembered.
    • Aug 19, 2015
  • The Lemon Cakery is pure bliss

    In the eternal and often epic battle between "cake" and "pie," I normally come down on the pie side of things. The Lemon Cakery puts that rule to the test—deliciously.
    • Oct 1, 2015

Most Shared

  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders to be deputy White House press secretary

    Donald Trump announced additional White House staff today, notably including Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy assistant to the president and principal deputy press secretary.
  • Legislation filed for $10 million school voucher program

    The legislation to vastly expand transfer of state tax dollars to private schools came before the school choice day event I mentioned earlier.
  • Watch the trailer for 'Shelter,' the Renaud Bros. new doc on homeless kids in New Orleans

    Check out the trailer for "Shelter," the Renaud Bros. new feature-length documentary about homeless teens navigating life on the streets of New Orleans with the help of Covenant House, the longstanding French Quarter shelter for homeless kids.
  • Trumpeting

    When President-elect Trump announced he would, in a few days, force Congress to enact comprehensive health insurance for everyone, poor or rich, that would provide better and cheaper care than they've ever gotten, you had to wonder whether this guy is a miracle worker or a fool.
  • Putin and Trump

    Here's a thought exercise: What do you suppose would happen if Russian strongman Vladimir Putin decided to clarify remarks he reportedly made about Donald Trump during the election campaign?

Visit Arkansas

1.73-carat diamond found at Crater of Diamonds State Park

1.73-carat diamond found at Crater of Diamonds State Park

Jack Pearadin and Doug Nelsen found a 1.73-carat diamond after nearly a year of searching the park's field.

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation