Fighting hunger in NWARK

We have a problem here in Northwest Arkansas. It is not one we can physically fight or face with a puffed out chest and fancy speeches. The problem itself is hunger, and it is a problem that is afflicting too many families to simply be written off without reason.

To put it into perspective, according to the NWA Food Bank, 70,000 residents of Northwest Arkansas face food insecurity and is a part of a greater problem with Arkansas being second of the 50 states with 18.4% of Arkansas families being food insecure, according to Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance.

Food insecurity is directly linked to one thing and that one thing is poverty. If nothing else, residents of Arkansas should feel angered if not immensely saddened by the fact that those in their community cannot provide themselves with food.

How can you help? Well, the good news is that there are a wealth of organizations that are made with that exact intention and the even better news is that a lot of them can be seen here.

Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance: As an organization made up of groups on this list and some that are not, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance supports many families across the state of Arkansas in giving food to citizens that need it.

Alongside organizations from local to the federal level as well as companies that provide food, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance fights to bring food to the tables of families in need.

Champions For Kids: In 2004, Adelaide Schaeffer created Champions for Kids with the idea to give children in communities the resources to thrive. The intention for her organization is that by 2020, 20 million children will be fed.

Champions for Kids provides several projects and an email list for those wanting updates and opportunities they would not normally think of. Also look into Razorfest, the well-known festival held at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

No Kid Hungry: No Kid Hungry has one priority and that is to ending child hunger in the United States through healthy and affordable meals. Not only that, but the organization also teaches families how to cook nutritious meals.

With several campaigns and programs running, No Kid Hungry applies their resources to the local communities to make the dream of ending child hunger possible.

Northwest Arkansas Food Bank: Founded in the late 1980’s as a non-profit organization, Northwest Arkansas Food Bank has grown into an organization that currently has around 160 partnering agencies.

With a set of honorable values and programs that help a wide range of ages get food on the table, NWA Food Bank is always ready to assist Northwest Arkansas residents.

Little Free Pantry: Beginning in May 2016, the vision Little Free Pantry works to unite neighborhoods to create communities and inspire each to help its own. LFP helps empower communities and ensures that there are more options for Northwest Arkansas.

Each organization is different in how it carries out giving food to communities. These details are up to you, the reader, to consider for yourself. Regardless of whom you choose, help your community today and donate food or money to those in need.

NWA Business Meets Newcomer Reception

Newcomer Receptions are a simple yet a powerful way of connecting in Northwest Arkansas.  We adore the businesses and services that have made Newcomer Receptions possible – and continue to make them possible!  Our mission is about the whole NWA community and the NWA community as a whole!

We warmly mix business and pleasure and suggest you show up, take off the mask or the cape and just be you.  Those new to the area attend multiple times and each time make a connection or two that allows them to start building relationships, trust,  friendships and expanding their circle.  Connecting and setting a time for coffee or tea the next week is the tradition we’ve noticed and we strongly encourage you to do so.

As connections start to grow and expand after the event; soon it turns into dinner, movies, business conversations, business ventures, spinning class, book clubs, shopping for some and/or a bike ride or two!

You get the picture.  Real people.  Real Connections.

What’s more important – Newcomer Receptions are real, they are a safe place to take the mask off and be you.  They are an eclectic, open, non-judgmental place to be and to be heard – share of self, share what is real, and you’ll connect based on attraction.  Bring your JOY.  Bring the right energy and people will be attracted to you – naturally.  At the end of the evening everyone is relaxed, contributing and enjoying themselves!

When I say we warmly mix business and pleasure…all that really means is businesses have united and joined Talk of the Town NWA to be a support to the community as a whole, to support the whole community, to meet new people and expand their circle, to contribute and to give back when they can.

All of our business clients listed in our Talk of the Town Business Directory – we’ve personally met and proudly approved.  Newcomers love that!  They love that we know, like and trust our businesses and services at Talk of the Town.

Just yesterday a newcomer wrote and shared she had visited our Talk of the Town Professional Licensed Esthetician Kelly G’s Skincare and loved her experience with Kelly – very professional she said.  Makes us Talk of the Town proud – Thanks Kelly!  She wanted a Bentonville Massage Referral.  We have a great massage therapist in Fayetteville who came highly recommended and proudly approved; however, no one in Bentonville has joined us thus far.  So I made a personal referral because that’s what she needed.

I love being able to refer great people who own great businesses like I’ve always done in Northwest Arkansas!  With our growing population though what I love – even more?  Making those great referrals, people and businesses available to our total 500,000+ population via our Business Directory, 24/7, category specific and proudly approved.  I explain at Newcomer Receptions this is the same as me handing you a business card – only – better as it’s available all the time and so easy.

Speaking of – we have a great sale going on right now for local businesses / services because OUR MISSION is to have 100 GREAT BUSINESS RESOURCES, proudly approved and available in each major NWA city!  (DYK we will only add 3 businesses per category, per city – ever. 3 for choice.)

Got a great business?

MUST CALL OR TEXT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS SALE (not available online) 479.633.GROW (4769)

Here’s a Quick Look, Print or Download…TalkoftheTownNWA.com Sale $150 annual

Leaders, Business Professionals and Loyal Locals simply show up to greet, meet, shake hands, introduce people to others and share their experience in NWA.  Our business clients are “real people” first.  What we’re doing at Talk of the Town is the epitome of relationship marketing!  Our clients are devoted to building relationships first and know their business always flourishes when they show up genuinely and in support of others.

Not a member of Talk of the Town yet?  Be our Guest June 8th (after work!

Really…how many widgets do you need to sell to recoup your $150 – kind of a no brainer – especially when you remember it is a service for those NEW to the area.  Many businesses are flourishing and don’t get involved because their business is booming – guess what – it’s time to turn around, give back and invest in community – invest in its people.

Many Newcomers are also in business or work for a business or are on the edge of starting a business – think about it – we all work somewhere.  Newcomer Reception was how I got introduced to PROCTOR & GAMBLE and now Newcomer Reception tickets are in their new hire packets.  I’ll tell you this – it was relationship based first.

I had a CPA once say with arms folded, “My target market isn’t newcomers it is business owners.”  I said, “Look around – go meet some of these people – you’ll find many are in business Dear Sir.”

We warmly mix business & pleasure and you should give thought to joining this great mission – it is about the whole community and the community – as a whole.   It is BIG and it is BEAUTIFUL.  Know a great business or service?  You can share and tag them.  Help us spread the word so we can fill those 100 spots in each city ASAP and better serve the newcomer, residents and other businesses/services.

With much gratitude,

Theresa

Theresa King-Thompson | Founder | TalkoftheTownNWA.com | 479.633.GROW (4769)