An Arkansas Tradition

RiverFest and Arkansas Foodbank partner to help families in need.

RiverFest to Host Food Drive Benefiting Arkansas Foodbank

LITTLE ROCK, AR – RiverFest, Presented By Oaklawn Gaming, and Arkansas Foodbank have teamed up to hold a food drive at the upcoming music festival on Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 through 27.
Arkansas remains one of the worst states for hunger with over 515,000 people, including 164,000 children, affected by food insecurity. According to the Arkansas Foodbank, one in six Arkansans struggle to provide enough food for their family.

“When we learned about the facts regarding food insecurity in Arkansas, we wanted to be a part of the solution to combat hunger,” said Jack Daniels, Event Director with RiverFest. “We are pleased to partner with the Arkansas Foodbank and host a food drive at RiverFest. It is an easy way for people to come together and help our community,” added Daniels.

The food drive is accepting the following items: peanut butter, canned meat, canned soups, cereal, rice, dry beans, 100% juice, cereal and canned fruits and vegetables.

“Today’s announcement with RiverFest represents a great partnership that will help provide much needed food items to thousands of families in need this summer,” says Arkansas Foodbank CEO, Rhonda Sanders.

Anyone attending the festival is encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to support the community. Donors can drop food items in collection barrels placed at each entrance.

For more information about the food drive, visit

RiverFest, Presented By Oaklawn Gaming, is Arkansas’s largest outdoor music festival. In February 2018, Universal Fairs announced its revival of this long-time Arkansas tradition. The 2018 festival will take place during Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 – 27, 2018. The three-day music festival features headliners: Peter Frampton, Young the Giant, Young Thug, Kip Moore, Highly Suspect, Jamey Johnson, Margo Price, Echosmith, Roots & Boots with Sammy Kershaw, Collin Raye and Aaron Tippin and The Soul Rebels featuring Talib Kweli. Additional artists will be announced soon. To purchase tickets or learn more, visit Follow us on Twitter or Instagram: @arkriverfest and find us on Facebook: riverfestarkansas.

Arkansas Foodbank, the largest food bank in Arkansas, is a member of Feeding America and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. Its recent merger with the Arkansas Rice Depot creates new and innovative programming focused on serving hungry Arkansans with more healthy and nutritious food. Programs like Food For Kids, Food For Families, and Food For Seniors provide food and other resources for more than 450 food pantries, soup kitchens, schools, colleges, shelters, senior centers, summer feeding sites, and other agencies that provide aid directly to hungry Arkansans. The Foodbank primarily serves 33 counties in Central and Southern Arkansas but also assists other Feeding America food banks in the state and region.  For information on how you can fight hunger, visit

Maricel Johns
Media Relations Manager
(501) 943-5721

Arkansas Foodbank
Tyler Lindsey
Communications Director
(501) 565-8121

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