LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) — In southwest Little Rock, crime continues to run rampant. However, one group is turning to the area's youngest residents in order to curb the violent trend.

F E E D First America has long focused on educating youth via its after-school program, providing kids a warm meal and homework help.

"We believe that if you feed a child a meal you feed them for a day. But if you feed a child a meal and teach them how to read you give them a lifetime of potential," said Alvin Lockett, founder of F E E D First America.

Serving an area ravaged by crime and poverty, F E E D First is taking on a new mission.

"We're trying to be one of the solutions to the uptick in violence in our community," Lockett said.

The new effort is called FEED to Stop Violence.

Along with homework help and a warm meal on Wednesday, kids in the F E E D First after-school program also spent time with police, firefighters and community leaders.

"I really feel like people need to learn what's going on out here and learn to be careful," 16-year-old Shamekia Plummer said. "And I feel like at a young age they do need to know that."

F E E D First America relies heavily on volunteers and monetary donations in order to carry out its mission. Click here for more information on how you can help.