LITTLE ROCK, AR. (May 15, 2023) – Arkansas Children’s is ensuring all children who visit its campuses for care have access to a free, nutritious meal as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Feeding program.

Meals will be provided to all children 18 and under without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. There will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service, which will begin in June.

Meals will be provided at the sites listed below, Monday through Friday between the times of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m:

  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) Audiology Clinic
  • ACH Cardiology Clinic
  • ACH Circle of Friends Clinic
  • ACH Dental Clinic
  • ACH ENT Clinic
  • ACH General Pediatric Clinic
  • ACH Neuroscience Clinic
  • ACH Pulmonary Clinic
  • ACH Pine Bluff Clinic
  • ACH Riverbend Café (under construction)
  • ACH Southwest Little Rock Clinic
  • ACH West Little Rock Clinic
  • ACH Capitol Café
  • Arkansas Children’s Northwest Café

USDA Required Notice: Arkansas Children’s Hospital located in Little Rock, AR at 1 Children’s Way, Little Rock AR 72202 has requested a waiver to the Summer Food Service Program’s (SFSP meal service times found at 7 CFR 225.16(c)(2) of the SFSP regulations.) ACH plans to serve lunch from 10 – 5 Monday – Friday to children/teens 18 years of age and younger beginning June 5, 2023 and commencing on August 11, 2023 when school starts for the 2023-2024 school year.


Arkansas Children's is the only health care system in the state solely dedicated to caring for Arkansas' more than 700,000 children. The private, non-profit organization includes two pediatric hospitals, a pediatric research institute and USDA nutrition center, a philanthropic foundation, a nursery alliance, statewide clinics, and many education and outreach programs — all focused on fulfilling a promise to define and deliver unprecedented child health. Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) is a 336-bed, Magnet-recognized facility in Little Rock operating the state’s only Level I pediatric trauma center; the state's only burn center; the state's only Level IV neonatal intensive care unit; the state's only pediatric intensive care unit; the state’s only pediatric surgery program with Level 1 verification from the American College of Surgeons (ACS); the state’s only magnetoencephalography (MEG) system for neurosurgical planning and cutting-edge research; and the state's only nationally recognized pediatric transport program. Additionally, ACH is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in four pediatric subspecialties (2021—2022): Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Nephrology, Pulmonology and Urology. Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW), the first and only pediatric hospital in the Northwest Arkansas region, is a level IV pediatric trauma center. ACNW operates a 24-bed inpatient unit; a surgical unit with five operating rooms; outpatient clinics offering over 20 subspecialties; diagnostic services; imaging capabilities; occupational therapy services; and Northwest Arkansas' only pediatric emergency department, equipped with 30 exam rooms. Generous philanthropic and volunteer engagement has sustained Arkansas Children's since it began as an orphanage in 1912, and today ensures the system can deliver on its promise of unprecedented child health. To learn more, visit


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