NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR – If you’re looking for a way to help the less fortunate over the upcoming holidays, an event going on Saturday would love your contribution.

Volunteers of the Arkansas National Guard will host a food drive* from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 5600 Landers Rd. at the Sam’s Club store in North Little Rock.

The first “Guard Against Hunger” event will also celebrate the National Guard’s 378th birthday. The National Guard traces its lineage to Dec. 13, 1636 near Salem, Massachusetts where the first militia was mustered. 

As a community based organization, the Guard decided to celebrate by helping fellow Arkansans in need. 

In Arkansas, it is estimated 160,000 children are not fed on a regular basis. At nearly 20 percent, Arkansas ties with Mississippi in having the highest food insecurity rate in the United States. 

Guardsmen volunteering their time will collect the food donations on Saturday. In addition, they’re donating non-perishable items throughout the week at the Camp Robinson Post Headquarters. All food donations will be delivered to the Arkansas Food Bank Monday for distribution to food pantries across the state.

Recommended donations include:
  • Beans (bagged or canned)
  • Rice or Pasta
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Fruits or Low-Sodium Vegetables
  • Tuna, Canned Meat, or other (non-perishable) foods high in protein
  • 100 Percent Fruit Juice
  • Shelf Stable Milk
  • Oatmeal
  • Cooking oil
  • Low-sodium soups and stews
  • Tomato and Spaghetti sauce
  • Baby and Infant Formula
*Disclaimer: This event is not in support of any commercial or not-for-profit entity. This is an Arkansas National Guard community relations event, not a fundraiser, at no cost to the government.