“Providing our clients with the opportunity to shop for themselves in our food pantry was a big step for Samaritan Market but one that has made such a tremendous difference,” says Courtney Wrinkle, Market Coordinator. “We decided to transition to a self-serve pantry to empower our client families and show them that they had choices over what their families would be able to eat. I know that I would not want someone to make that choice for me and my family, so it only made sense that our clients would feel the same way.”
In response to the growing crisis and connection between poverty and obesity, Samaritan Market has developed a Healthy Foods Initiative that focuses on improving the overall nutritional quality of the food available within the Market. Fresh organic produce is harvested daily from Samaritan Garden (during growing season) in addition to fresh fruit, lean proteins (such as turkey) and eggs that are purchased under local contracts. Our Market also offers healthy recipes to clients utilizing ingredients available in our food pantry.
“We believe that our calling is to feed the hungry no matter what their life circumstances,” says Maxie Carpenter, Director of Operations.
More than just a place that dispenses food and personal care items, our market offers a friendly ear, words of encouragement, prayer, bibles and information on other resources around Northwest Arkansas. No identification or documentation of need is required but clients are limited to one visit to the market every 30 days. Market clients are given a 2-3 day supply of food. Clothing vouchers for children, which are redeemable at our resale shops, are also available through the market. Requests for vouchers are limited to once every 9 months. No financial assistance is available through this, or any other SCC program.
It costs approximately $12,000 per month for SCC to keep our markets stocked with enough food and hygiene items to meet even the minimum allotments that client families need. By hosting a specific food item or hygiene item drive for the Samaritan Market through your school, neighborhood, church, organization, or business, you help us to keep our monthly food costs to a minimum which, in turn, allows us to focus on other areas of need.
For more information on how to host a food drive for the Samaritan Market, please email our In-Kind Coordinator, Shannon Green, or call her at 479.636.4198, ext. 236.
Specific needs for our Samaritan Market food pantry pop-up from time to time but, in general, we are always in need of the following items:
Peanut Butter, rice, dried beans, canned meats (tuna and chicken), 13 oz. cereal boxes, canned soup, canned beans, feminine hygiene (preferably pads), shampoo, deodorant, toilet paper
All food donations may be dropped off at the SCC Administrative Offices, 1211 West Hudson Road, Rogers
M-TH 8:30 am-4:30 pm and FR 8:30 am-Noon
We are always in need of volunteers for both of our Market food pantries in Springdale and Rogers. The most critical current need is for volunteers to assist clients in shopping in our self-serve pantries during pantry hours listed above. Working in a Samaritan Market is a wonderful and rewarding experience and you can work as much, or as little as you want.
For more information on how to become a Samaritan Market volunteer, email our Market Coordinator, Courtney Wrinkle, or call her at 479.636.4198, ext. 243.