Focus Area: Health and Wellbeing
Endeavor was founded with funds from the sale of two area hospitals, so it’s only natural that the foundation supports the physical and mental health of all residents of Northwest Arkansas.
Grantee Spotlight: Feed Communities
Healthy Food Access Regionalization Project
Endeavor provided a grant to increase access to healthy food across Northwest Arkansas by replicating Feed Communities' successful collaboration and best practices with schools, food pantries, and healthy food access practitioners beyond Fayetteville to impact Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville.
Over 68,000 of our Northwest Arkansas neighbors have limited or uncertain access to adequate food and are therefore considered food insecure. Sadly, food insecurity contributes to our rising obesity epidemic as families are often forced to make unhealthy choices due to limited healthy food access and budgetary restraints.
- Nine new school and community gardens were developed in 2013-2014, where key partners/project sites included: Youth Strategies and the Jones Center (Springdale), Samaritan Community Center (Rogers), and two local schools (Bentonville).
- More than 7,800 families/month are accessing produce harvested from the new gardens, with more than 4,000 pounds of fresh produce harvested from Samaritan Community Center garden alone—all distributed via the Center’s cafe and market.
- A new hunger relief pilot program in partnership with Harps recovered 2,500 pounds of food in the first four months, and expansion to Harps across the region is being explored.
- More than 150 food access practitioners connected through a regional network which will serve to streamline communication, disseminate best practices, and encourage partnership into the future.