Commodity Distribution Program

The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas conducts 4 to 5 commodity food distributions annually at different sites in 11 counties. Key Food Bank staff, with the help of several local volunteers, set up a one-day food pantry at advertised locations throughout the year. Families or individuals are given this food free of charge, and eligibility is based on the number of people in the household and the household’s combined monthly income. To verify income eligibility call the Food Bank at 870-932-3663 or email

Persons receiving USDA foods must reside in the county of distribution. Recipients must also meet the income guidelines that have been set for The Emergency Food Assistance Program. Recipients will need to provide the following information to determine program eligibility: name, address, family size, and combined monthly income of the household. An appropriate form of identification such as a driver's license, social security card, or picture identification card must be shown.

Recipients will only be allowed to pick up USDA foods for themselves and one additional household. To pick-up food for a homebound individual, elderly person, or other qualified household, the person picking up the food must have signed authorization with the following information from the person they are picking up for: name, address, family size, and combined monthly income of the household receiving the food.

Case workers picking up for large groups must make prior arrangements with the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas.

USDA foods are distributed on a first come, first served basis.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Program information may be made available in languages other than English. See the full USDA Nondiscriminatory Statement here.

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