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Brandon Chapman

Brandon Chapman, 36

Food Sourcing & Logistics Program Manager

Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance

Scott

Professional achievements
• Spearheaded innovative solutions in food production while operating our family farm. Since 2010, our farm has produced and donated more than 2 million pounds of produce to the Arkansas Gleaning Project, earning the Acting Out Against Hunger Award in 2012.
• Honored with the Farm Family of the Year Award for Pulaski County and the east- central district in 2017.
• Have grown more than 500,000 pounds of produce for food banks statewide, providing fresh, nutritious food to families in need.
• Received the Employee of the Year Award in 2018.

Community involvement
Served on the board at Scott Settlement Plantation for three years and on the Scott Volunteer Fire Department board for two years. Member of the Pulaski County Extension Service Advisory Committee. Volunteer at New Life Christian Academy in North Little Rock, coaching basketball for five years and serving as athletic director for two years. 

Top challenge facing Arkansas
“Its staggering rate of food insecurity, ranking No. 1 in the country. This issue disproportionately affects our children and seniors, with limited access to nutritious food hindering a large segment of our population. The consequences ripple across various aspects of life, leading to health risks like obesity, diabetes and heart conditions. Furthermore, students’ academic performance suffers due to inadequate nutrition. Addressing food insecurity is paramount as it’s intricately linked to numerous other challenges, emphasizing the urgent need for comprehensive solutions to ensure the well-being and prosperity of all residents.”

First job and lesson learned
My first job as a teenager at Riverside Marine in North Little Rock provided invaluable lessons that have shaped my work ethic and approach to professional life. It taught me the significance of punctuality, as I learned to consistently show up early for work, understanding the impact it had on my performance and the overall team dynamic. Moreover, I realized the importance of paying attention to details, as even the smallest aspects could significantly influence outcomes. Additionally, I learned the value of open communication with supervisors, recognizing it as a positive avenue for feedback, growth and fostering a collaborative work environment.

Professional inspiration
Helping others and being involved in my community. Using my skills and talents to aid those in need brings immense joy. Making a difference in my state through meaningful contributions is the ultimate goal.

Advice for future 40 Under 40 honorees
Find your passion; it fuels commitment. Believe in yourself and put in the work. Discover your “why” — your purpose. Embrace challenges and learn from failures. Cultivate relationships, seek growth and give back. Stay true to your values. Celebrate success.

Mentor and lessons learned
My mentor is my father, who instilled invaluable life lessons. He taught me kindness, respect for everyone, and the belief that solutions to any problem can be found, urging me to think outside the box. He emphasized seeking others’ opinions, being open to learning, and striving to be the hardest worker in the room. Additionally, he taught me to see every day as a new opportunity and to be grateful for the days we are given.

Most valuable lesson learned
Failures aren’t meant to define you; they refine you. In agriculture, failures occur frequently, be it crop or mechanical failures. Whether within your control or not, they’re part of life. It’s about responding to adversity, learning and adapting. Life happens, and it’s in our response that growth occurs. 

Professional “aha” moment
Talking with a friend, I had an “aha” moment: I could pursue a career that blends my love for growing food with my passion for helping others in need. This revelation sparked a clear path forward, igniting my drive to make a meaningful impact in both realms.

Career dream as a child
To become president of the United States of America.

Most fulfilling career moment
During my first year at the alliance, a moment occurred when I delivered freshly picked produce from the field directly to a food pantry, personally handing it to a family in need. Witnessing the immediate impact of my work left a lasting impression.

Making Arkansas more attractive to young professionals
Arkansas has many attractions, but to make it even more appealing to young professionals in my field of food system, providing better access to land, equipment and education is essential. Boosting our local food system infrastructure would offer more job opportunities for Arkansans.

Best thing about Arkansas
The best thing about Arkansas is its embodiment of Southern hospitality, defined by its genuine willingness to help others. It’s akin to living in one big small town, where neighbors are like family and lending a hand is second nature. 

Where you see yourself in 10 years
In 10 years, I envision myself continuing to dedicate my efforts toward helping others in my community. Regardless of the company I work for, my passion lies in making a positive impact and contributing to the well-being of those around me. My commitment to helping others will always be my driving force.

Advice to your 18-year-old self
I’d emphasize the importance of learning to set boundaries and embracing authenticity. Never try to be anyone other than yourself. Patience is crucial; trust that things will unfold in due time. Additionally, I’d encourage finding a way to invest in land by all means necessary, as it can provide stability and opportunities for the future.

How you define success
I define success in many ways. It’s about continuous self-improvement, striving to be better today than I was yesterday. It’s also about providing for my family and achieving goals, both personally and professionally. Moreover, success encompasses finding my purpose, happiness and fulfillment. Ultimately, it’s the feeling of knowing I did my best, earned everything I have, and being able to look back at my life without regret.

One word to describe you
Kind-hearted.

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June 10, 2025

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