Mission / Vision / History
Creating community food security by cultivating a sustainable local food network
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.