Our Mission Statement

The M&N Augustine Foundation for Human Development, Inc. is a client-centered, non-bureaucratic, result-oriented organization which exists to elevate downtrodden humanity through educational, financial, and social means.

This is just a fancy way of saying that we exist to help people and we are looking for like-minded individuals and organizations to join us in addressing hunger and poverty. We know it's impossible to eliminate hunger and poverty but we can make a difference for our neighbors, one life at a time. More importantly, you can make a difference and we can show you how.


Caring Kitchen

We feed veterans, elderly, homeless and the lonely every Tuesday, a delicious home-cooked meal, prepared fresh in our kitchen.

Annual easter Feed

With the help of our volunteers we feed over 6000 of our veteran, homeless, elderly and shut-in neighbors.

2018 Easter Feed Flyer

International Festival

People from all over the world call Northwest Arkansas home. Our International Festival is a chance experience new flavors, cultures and celebrate the diversity of our community.

M&N Augustine Foundation Presents:

To benefit those less fortunate in our community

Saturday, November 16th, 2019
6:30 – 9:30 PM

Taste of French Creole Night & Foods from Around the World Including The Great American Cookout.

Adults: $25.00
Children, ages 5 to 12 $10.00
Under 5 Free

For More Information Contact:
Jeannie Baker 479-601-1306
Joe Augustine 479-236-3800
or Jack Otten 479-409-8203

DeBriyn Center, St. Joseph School
1722 Starr Road, Fayetteville AR


We Want To See You There

You're invited for an evening of international flavors and experiences at the 2019 M&N Augustine Foundation International Festival. Taste foods from all over the world and be entertained by performances from all over the world. Proceeds from the International Festival benefit those less fortunate here in our community. Come and have fun and make a real difference. Bring the whole family.


We have SIX great prizes for our raffle this year. You could win a $1000 gas card, an HD Smart TV, a one-year free gym membership to NWAC, an Echo Plus Smart Hub, a dinner for two and one-night stay at a local hotel, or a pair of Razorback Basketball Tickets with parking. Raffle tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00.

** You do not have to be present to win **

More Information on Raffle

Silent Auction

We’ve had over 100 items donated for our silent auction. There’s great items from fantastic local vendors just for you. Don’t miss out!

Download the Event Poster

We've created a PDF to help you spread the word about the International Festival. Print a few and post them at your workplace, place of worship or wherever there are people who'd love to participate in this event.

2019 International Festival Event Info


The week of June 25th, the M&N Augustine Foundation was pleased to host 6 young and extremely talented students, from the Sam Walton College of Business - Fleischer Scholars Programs.  Their week consisted of learning about the Foundation and how together, we impact the lives of those that God places in our path.  In addition, they visited Citizens Bank, where they learned about Banking and Finance and toured the bank.  Lastly, they had an opportunity to visit with Lt. Tim Franklin, from the Fayetteville Police Department to learn how to positively interact with Law Enforcement. 

Fleischer Scholars with FPD.jpg

The M&N Augustine Foundation would like to personally thank Tamara Phillips & Doug Lynch, of Citizens Bank., Lt. Tim Franklin, of the Fayetteville Police Department and Dr. Synetra Hughes, of the Sam Walton College of Business for making this possible, and for taking time out of their busy schedules to educate and inspire these future leaders. 


K&K Veterinary Supply Cookbook Fundraiser

The good people of K&K Veterinary Supply, in coordination with the volunteers of the M&N Augustine Foundation have put together a cookbook, that includes over 400 quality recipes.  The cookbooks are $10 and are here just in time for Christmas.  The proceeds of the cookbook will be donated to the M&N Augustine Foundation, to assist us in our shared mission of making a difference, in the lives of others.  

Please contact Merlin Augustine (479) 750-4793 or Joe Augustine (479) 236-3800 or email: mnaugustinefoundation@yahoo.com, to get yours today!!!


Board of Directors


Current Board

  • Dr. Merlin J. Augustine, Jr. Ed.D
  • Mrs. Beverly Augustine
  • Mr. Merlin J. Augustine, III
  • Dr. Mark Bonner, M.D.
  • Dr. Scott Cooper, M.D.
  • Coach Norm DeBriyn
  • Mr. Randy DeCuir
  • Dr. Michael Knight, D.V.M.
  • Mrs. Nancy R. Qualls
  • Mr. John Singh

Director of Endowment

  • Mrs. Amber Trumbo Gaskill

Perpetual Board

  • Mr. Merlin J. Augustine, Sr.
  • Mrs. Nora Mayeaux Augustine
  • Mr. Trent Trumbo
  • Mr. Roland S. Boreham, Jr.
  • Dr. Charles Springer, Ph.D
  • Mr. Kenneth McKee
  • Mr. James Kinnally
  • Chief Larry Slamons

Honorary Board Member

  • Sister M. Concetta Augustine

Why We Started the Foundation

The M & N Augustine Foundation was founded on November 16, 1992, Marksville, Louisiana, on the 62nd Wedding Anniversary of the late Merlin and Nora Augustine, Sr. The Foundation was established as an expression of appreciation to my parents who in my early years were extremely kind, gentle and compassionate to all who came to them for assistance. During that time there were no social programs as we know them today. I did not fully understand why my parents would ask me to give up my bed to someone else to inhabit it, or why we would share our meager resources with so many other individuals.

- Dr. Merlin J Augustine, Jr.



Honors, Awards and Recognition

  • Corporate Helping Hand Award
  • Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award
  • Distinguished Volunteer Award
  • Geraldine Walker Award
  • Most Generous Heart Award
  • Youth Citizenship Award

Special Awards Given to the Foundation

  • Torchbearer Award for Exemplary Community Service, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, March 2004
  • Cited in Congressional Records September 10, 2003 by the Honorable John Boozman 10th Congress first session
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award for Excellence in Community Service, January 2003
  • J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award for Spirit of Volunteerism, 2000
  • J.C. Penney Eagle Award for Distinguished Community Service, 1996
  • City of Fayetteville Community Helping Hand Award, 1993
  • Office of Governor State of Arkansas, Office of Volunteerism, Outstanding Community Service 1992