Be Mighty Little Rock has planned green-centered events for the month of April. Through the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), Be Mighty Little Rock is an anti-hunger campaign with a goal of providing the necessary resources for children with food insecurity in Arkansas.
“Be Mighty started in 2018 and our goal was to connect kids and teens to free after-school weekend and summer meals through the USDA meal program. Be Mighty is housed at the Central Arkansas Library System and eleven of our libraries participate as USDA meal sites, but there are also a lot of other community centers, schools and nonprofits that provide USDA meals for kids and teens under 18,” says Kay Kay DeRosette of CALS.
The organization wanted to create a website that would list all free meal sites in Pulaski County and connect to school districts to inform families about the new resource. For school breaks and weekends, students can still receive USDA meals through the library as they remain open during these times.
“Meal service takes place six days a week, and to find a meal, you go to the Be Mighty website. The website shows a map of where the different meal sites are located and serving times,” says DeRosette.
Be Mighty Goes Green is being held as a limited series for the month of April. The event calendar can be found below:
- Wednesday, April 7 at 6 p.m.
- Participants learned about the environmental and economic benefits of eating locally sourced fruits and vegetables with the Root Cafe’s Front on House Manager, Kim Forte, and Jack Sundell, owner.
- Wednesday, April 14 at 6 p.m. on Zoom, Facebook Live, and YouTube Live
- Come learn how reducing food waste is good for the environment with Sylvia Blain from Potluck Food Rescue Arkansas.
- Saturday, April 17 at noon on Zoom
- Participants will learn how to save energy in the kitchen and view a solar cooking demo at Children’s Library and Learning Center.
*postponed due to weather
- Wednesday, April 21 at 6 p.m. on Zoom, Facebook Live, and YouTube Live
- A Taste of Growing MyPlate: Together we will go on a journey through the Children’s Library’s Teaching Garden, touring the newest spring crops. We will harvest ingredients to make a fresh spring salad and make a meal together using proper knife skills and kitchen etiquette. This is all a sneak peek of what’s to come in the 6-week Growing MyPlate Virtual course that will begin in May on Niche Academy and Zoom. Those interested in the course can register and can pick up our Earth Month Grab’N’Go activity: a Spring Salad Planter Box. Let’s go to the garden and learn how to grow your plate with Patrice and Katie.
- Wednesday, April 28 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom, Facebook Live, and YouTube Live
- CALS Goes Green with Vito and Vera: Come learn about the environmental benefits of plant-based eating with Vito and Vera’s Chef and Owner, Alicia Watson. Alicia will be joined by Gilbert Barrera and Jan Wall. Let’s toast to our health and planet. Participants will learn how to make a plant-based cocktail or mocktail with Gilbert Barrera. Savory and sweet recipes will be provided using Arkansas strawberries. Participants will be encouraged to cook along from their homes.
Be Mighty Go Green is available to all community members and anyone interested in learning more about green eating.These events will be recorded and available for access at later times should anyone interested miss the events. The recorded events can be found on the CALS Facebook page or their YouTube channel.
The program is also launching an educational website during the month of April. This website will have a collection of cooking demonstrations, smart eating tutorials and tips on preparing healthy and affordable meals at home.
The program is always looking for more partners to work with. Local restaurants, businesses or nonprofits looking to help out are welcome. “The best way to contact us is through email ([email protected]) or the contact form on our website,” says DeRosette.
“We want to educate people about these resources and make them aware if they are experiencing food insecurity, they have somewhere to go,” says DeRosette.
The healthy eating education site can be accessed here.
More information about the Go Green events and registration can be found here.