Programs

Arvac Food Bank

The ARVAC Food Bank provides food for churches, community food pantries, and soup kitchens. Non-profit organizations can obtain food from the ARVAC Food Bank for 28 cents per pound (service maintainers fee). Organizations wishing to obtain food must apply through the ARVAC Headquarters Office located at 613 N 5th Street in Dardanelle, AR.

​Arvac Garden Project

​ Free garden seed is given out in all nine counties to people whose income falls below poverty guidelines. Follow-up in the fall is to collect data on how much food is grown, how many people are fed and how much money is saved on the grocery bill.​

​CIP (Crisis Intervention Program)

The Crisis Intervention Program (a component of Li-HEAP) provides assistance with utility hook-ups, shut-off notices, and propane tanks that are below 10% capacity. Applicants must meet the same income guidelines as the Li-HEAP Program and cannot have received CIP assistance in the current Fiscal year.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

CSFP is a monthly issue of food for senior adults 60 years of age and older who meet the income guidelines. Recipients will be notified when and were distribution of commodities will take place. Applications can be obtained in your local ARVAC office.

Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EF&S)

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program is administered in the nine counties served by ARVAC. The program is used to assist families who are threatened to be foreclosed upon, evicted, or can provide a past due utility bill. It is a one-time payment paid to the property owner, mortgage company, or utility company.

Freedom House

CARF Accredited ARVAC Freedom House offers comprehensive substance abuse and dependency treatment. Freedom House staff offer a holistic approach to recovery, healing mind, body and spirit. Freedom House utilizes the 12 core functions, with a unique phase system which ensures holistic healing.

ARVAC Freedom House offers:

  • Observational Detoxification
  • Residential Treatment
  • Outpatient Treatment
  • Transitional Living
  • Vocational

For more information on ARVAC Freedom House or if someone you know struggles with addiction please call 479-968-7086.

Li-HEAP (Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program)​

The Home Energy Assistance Program is designed to assist low-income individuals and families with their heating costs in the winter and cooling costs in the summer. Individuals meeting the income guidelines receive a one-time payment applied to their utility bill. Individuals using forms of energy other than gas and electricity, such as wood, Kerosene, coal, or individuals whose energy costs are included in their rent, are also eligible for the winter program.

SNAP recipients receive their applications for winter assistance in the mail in late December or early January and summer applications in June. Non-SNAP recipients must apply in person at their local ARVAC office.

Fans are distributed when a weather-related emergency exists as declared by the Governor. The Fan Program offers assistance to households with medical conditions that makes them susceptible to heat. This program is for the purpose of obtaining one fan per household.

Social Security Representative Payee Program

Money management is provided for Social Security claimants who are incapable of managing their money. This includes paying monthly household bills and weekly personal allowances. Weekly contact is made with claimants to determine needs.

TEFAP (Emergency Food Assistance Program)

The Emergency Food Assistance Program provides low-income households with monthly and quarterly issues of food.