Website helps Arkansans know where to find open restaurants, locally grown food amid COVID-19 pandemic

LITTLE ROCK, Ark — UpliftArkansas launched a couple of weeks ago. At first, it allowed the restaurant and retail industry to update its hours and services for people.

Business owners and restaurant managers can upload real-time information and control their listings on the website as they adapt their operations to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, it’s most recent addition is bringing another layer of support to those in need. 

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“It’s shifted so much now that schools are closed,” said Sarah Lane, Farm to School Coordinator. “Farmers are also shifting their markets to be more online, and so we realized this is a crucial time to be a connector for farmers, families, schools, and individuals.”

With a newly formed partnership with the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, the website now features a food access map.

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