Assistance Programs, Local Agencies, and Charities


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Arkansas Assistance Programs and Services


  • 1. Arkansas Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)  – Provides monthly food assistance benefits to eligible households to cover a portion of their household’s food budget. Arkansas SNAP benefits can be used to buy eligible food items for eating at home from farmers’ markets and SNAP-eligible Arkansas grocery stores.  (+++)  Call: 501-682-1001
  • 2. Arkansas Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) —Various state programs (TEA, Work Pays) provide cash as temporary assistance for Arkansas needy families. Call Your DHS County Office.
  • 3. ARKids First Health Insurance Program  – Provides two coverage options for Arkansas children. Call501-682-1001
  • 4. Arkansas Medicaid  – A health insurance program that provides medical and health-related services to eligible Arkansas residents. Call800-457-4454
  • 5. Arkansas Health Insurance Premium Payment Program – Designed to help Medicaid recipients with high healthcare costs by reimbursing all or a portion of the cost of their health insurance provided by an employer or COBRA. Call: 855-692-7447
  • 6. Arkansas Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)  – Healthy foods, breastfeeding support, nutrition education, and health care referrals. Call: 501-661-2508
  • 7. Arkansas National School Lunch Program (NSLP)  – Provides low-cost or free lunches to school children. Call501-324-9502
  • 8. Arkansas Special Milk Program ⇑ – Offers milk to children in schools, childcare institutions, and eligible camps. Call501-324-9502
  • 9. Arkansas School Breakfast Program (SBP)  – Provides low-cost or free meals to school children. Call 501-324-9502
  • 10. Arkansas Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)  – Provides free meals and snacks to help low-income children in the summer months. Call501-682-8869
  • 11. Arkansas Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) ⇑ – Provides healthy meals and snacks to children and adults receiving daycare. Call 800-737-2237 
  • 12. Arkansas Head Start and Early Head Start ⇑ – Comprehensive child development programs serving low-income children and their families. Call: 501-371-0740
  • 13. Arkansas Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) ⇑ – Helps low-income Arkansas households pay their heating/cooling bills. Call501-682-1001
  • 14. Arkansas Charitable Help for Paying Your Bills  – Programs that provide emergency charitable assistance and economic help to Arkansas low-income households by helping them pay their utility bills. Call: Listed Phone Numbers
  • 15. Arkansas Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)  – Assists households in reducing energy bills by improving the energy efficiency of their homes. Call800-558-2633 
  • 16. Arkansas Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)  – Provides low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for fresh Arkansas-grown fruits, vegetables, and fresh-cut herbs at farmers’ markets. Call: Your Area Agency On Aging
  • 17. Arkansas Money Follows the Person Program  – Helps transition individuals who have resided in institutions for 90 days or longer into qualified home and community-based programs. Call: 866-801-3435
  • 18. Arkansas Housing Choice Voucher Program  – Helps eligible low-income Arkansas lease privately owned rental units from participating landlords. CallLocal PHA
  • 19. Arkansas Public Housing  – Provides safe, decent, and affordable rental units for low-income Arkansas residents. Call: Local PHA
Updated: April 11, 2024 by HAFH