Since 2011, we've helped individuals facing food insecurity.

In 2022, we helped:

  • 5,337 households received groceries 
  • 21,598 individuals were served 
  • 50% of the individuals were age 6 and under 
  • 42% of households have one or more individuals employed

Benevolence Fund 

The Benevolence Fund is an assistance ministry to people seeking financial help. Trained volunteers interview anyone requesting support. A one-on-one consultation addresses the person's needs spiritually and physically. Each individual is lifted in prayer. We offer assistance to Benton County residents.

In 2022, we were able to assist 280 families facing eviction, utility shut-off, or needing gasoline for a vehicle, paying out over $50,000 in total.

Snack Packs 

Bentonville junior high students are provided with snack packs every Friday during the school year to help assure they have food during the weekend. SSPM partners with sponsors to provide over 6,445 snack packs to Washington and Lincoln Junior High School students who are food insecure, along with supplemental snack packs for Mary Mae Jones Elementary students during holiday breaks.

Little Free Pantry 

Our Little Free Pantry applies the Little Free Library concept to help neighbors address food insecurity.  It is stocked with non-perishable food items that are available for anyone in need of immediate help with their next meal.  

At the same time it is also intended to be a place where people may donate food items that they feel could help these food insecure individuals.

Our Little Free Pantry is located on the NE corner of the FUMC church property at 201 NW 2nd Street in Bentonville.