Mission / Vision / History

Mission:

Creating community food security by cultivating a sustainable local food network

Vision:

Fayetteville, Arkansas is the county seat of Washington County, located in the Ozark mountains of Northwest Arkansas. Home to the University of Arkansas and approximately 73,580 residents, Fayetteville appears to be a healthy, thriving community. To wit:

“Fayetteville continues to be recognized by national business magazines and quality of life publications for its extremely healthy economy. Northwest Arkansas is bustling, with three of Arkansas’ top five employers—Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt—headquartered less than a half-hour drive from Fayetteville. The result of this economic picture is business success and top-notch living conditions for the town’s current estimated population of 73,580.” Source: Fayetteville Visitors’ Bureau.

Fayetteville has also recently earned national recognition:

•#7 Best Places to Live, Work and Play, 2008 Kiplinger;

•#4 Best Places for Business and Careers, 2009 – Forbes;

•Best Small Cities for Startups, 2009 Business Week;

•Best Large Farmer’s Market in the nation, 2012 America’s Farmland Trust.

With all this great praise for our community, it may come as a surprise to many that:

•1 in 4 residents in Fayetteville are food insecure (source: Feeding America);

•The average income of Washington county residents is $32,309, compared to a national average income of $39,937 (source: Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce);

•Washington County has the second highest SNAP enrollment rate in Arkansas (source: Arkansas Department of Human Services)

• 41% of Fayetteville School District students are enrolled or eligible to enroll in the free and reduced lunch program (source: Fayetteville School District).

Feed Fayetteville views both sets of bulleted statistics above as a story of invisible hunger, especially in the context of healthy food and nutrition. The mission of Feed Fayetteville is to alleviate hunger and create community food security by cultivating a local sustainable food network.