Every day in Northwest Arkansas, over 70,000 of our neighbors are not sure where or when they will eat their next meal.
ABOUT SAMARITAN CAFE
"When people think of a soup kitchen, they typically think of waiting in a long line for a bowl of soup and a piece of bread. At Samaritan Cafe, we are anything but that!" says Elisa Pulido, Samaritan Cafe coordinator. "Our goal is to treat everyone as a guest, just as you would if they were dining in your home." Each Samaritan Cafe, operated by Samaritan Community Center, is open to the public and serves warm, nutritious meals in a restaurant-style setting, meaning guests are seated at tables with their orders taken and meals served by joyful volunteers who often take time to sit and visit with familiar faces.
In response to the growing crisis and connection between poverty and obesity, Samaritan Cafe has developed a Healthy Foods Initiative that focuses on improving the overall nutritional qualify of the meals served. "We see our Healthy Foods Initiative as being a food justice issue," says Debbie Rambo, SCC Executive Director. "We believe we are not only called to feed the hungry but to provide them with the healthiest food available within our financial parameters. By making quality choices, we not only model for our clients, we also show them that they are persons of worth and deserve those choices." Healthy changes seen in the Samaritan Cafe include fresh organic produce harvested from the Samaritan Garden, eliminating sugar-rich desserts and drinks, and removing sugar shakers from tables.
Healthy meals served in the Samaritan Cafes are often a critical nutritional link for at-risk families to help them avoid hunger and food insecurity. Will you partner with us in feeding our hungry neighbors?
A one-time gift of $50 sponsors one day of meals served in the Samaritan Cafes. A recurring monthly gift of $10 provides over 600 nutritious meals for our hungry neighbors.