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Jane B. Gearhart Full Circle Food Pantry

Who We Are

 The Jane B. Gearhart Full Circle Food Pantry was established by the Volunteer Action Center in February 2011 as a student-run emergency food assistance program. We strive to serve our clients with well balanced meals through non-perishables and fresh produce from our own garden. At Full Circle, we are dedicated to nourishing bodies, empowering minds, and creating a community of compassion.

Who We Serve

 WE serve anyone with a U of A or UAMS ID: students, staff, and faculty, as well as temporary and hourly employees. At each visit we provide a three day temporary supply of groceries and personal care item for the entire household. Clients will never need to show proof of need, just a U of A or UAMS ID.

How to get Involved

Full Circle is operated by a board of nine student directors who manage weekly volunteers. Everything we do is made possible by student volunteers who commit to serving one and a half to two-hour shifts weekly for a semester. Volunteers greet clients, fill orders, stock donations, etc. Volunteer applications are available during the first week of each semester.

We offer express services through our mobile pantry– which delivers food to clients unable to access the pantry during open hours. We also provide mini-pantries across campus also provide immediate emergency assistance that work on a “take what you need, leave what you can” basis.

Full Circle also hosts Cooking Matters courses throughout each semester. This program helps students, faculty, staff and their families develop kitchen skills and better understand how to use ingredients, make healthy, affordable choices and create more sustainable solutions to hunger. Registration for classes will open on our HogSync page early each semester.

 

Donations

If your organization is interested in hosting a food drive to benefit the Jane B. Gearhart Full Circle Food Pantry, please fill the food drive request form. Once you’ve filled out the questionnaire, our Food Drive Coordinator (fcdrives@uark.edu) will contact you to follow up with more information. Thank you for your continued support!

 

University Food Insecurity Study

In 2016, the CCE and Full Circle conducted a study to determine rates of food security on campus and gauge student use of the resources we offer.

Our research- consistent with national research on the topic- shows that 38% of students on our campus have encountered food insecurity. Additionally, while 54% of students are aware that a pantry exists on campus, only 2% of those students have used it.

Look at the full report here

Positions

Applications are now open for our fall 2019 volunteers. Apply online at hogsync.uark.edu!

 Volunteer opportunities with Full Circle Food Pantry include:

Data Leaders, Communications Leaders, Full Circle Express Volunteers, Garden Volunteers, Helping Hands, and General Pantry Volunteers.

 

General Food Pantry Information

Hours and Location

Mondays: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Summer Hours:
Mondays: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Full Circle will be closed for all university holidays and breaks. 

324 Stadium Drive 
WAHR C204 
Bud Walton Hall
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701

Full Circle is located in Bud Walton Hall, the beige brick dorm building between the stadium and the Union Parking Garage. The entrance to Full Circle is on the east side of the building directly across from the base of the Union Parking Garage.

 

 

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