Lance Whitney started out his career in advocacy as a spectator rather than an organizer, but as so often happens when someone gets involved, it is hard not to go all-in. After attending various fundraisers he began volunteering, then chairing and co-chairing the events themselves. Now as advocacy director for the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, Whitney plays an integral role in the organization’s statewide work to secure resources and raise awareness about food insecurity. “I am glad to bring attention to the issues of hunger,” Whitney said. “Food is a basic right. Food is medicine. Food is education. Food is community stability. Hunger needs to be eliminated in the great agriculture state of Arkansas.”



Director of advocacy, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance


Pine Bluff, Little Rock






Fresh fruit, nuts and homemade oatmeal raisin cookies.


The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit




“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” — Philippians 4:13

What was the best opportunity you ever received?

Having my daughter and son in my life.

What is something you cannot live without?

Faith, true friends and family.

How have your experiences shaped you into the man you are today?

I have learned to be kind and grateful because every experience is prep work for the journey ahead.

What is something you think everyone should experience at least once in their life?

True unconditional love.

Who was your childhood hero?

My grandfather.

What is your favorite thing about Arkansas?

The natural beauty and the space.

How would you like to be remembered?

As kind, helpful and someone who made a difference.

What is the most important life lesson time has taught you?

Just breathe and be your best.

If you could have any other job, what would it be?

A medical professional helping heal others.

What quality do you admire most in other men?

Being intelligent, humble, healthy and kind.


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