No Arkansan should ever go to bed hungry.
With your help, they won’t.
At 19.7 percent, Arkansas ranks among the highest in the nation in household food insecurity. That means Arkansans — more than almost any other Americans — are often unsure of where they will get their next meal. Arkansas children, for whom school lunch and breakfast may be the only meals they can depend on, are at risk. Fully 28.4 percent of Arkansas children are food insecure with 29 percent living below the poverty level. The working poor, whose paychecks will not buy a month’s worth of groceries, must find alternative sources of food. The elderly, who too often must choose between their prescriptions and their groceries, are going without. Arkansas has a higher rate of food insecurity among seniors than any other state in the nation.This is reality for far too many of our fellow Arkansans.
The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, through our member food banks, hunger relief agencies, volunteers and corporate partners, is committed to providing programs, food resources, education and advocacy to reduce hunger in Arkansas. Your interest and generosity will help us succeed.
With more than 584,000 Arkansans considered food insecure, it’s more important than ever that we support programs and organizations that put food on the tables of hungry Arkansans, and help connect those in need with the resources that are available to them.
Advances in technology and economic pressures have reduced the supply of surplus food that previously went to the national and local charitable food networks. Gleaning, the age old practice of hand picking what is left after the harvest to feed those in need, is making a resurgence. Thanks to the efforts of the Arkansas Gleaning Project and Arkansas growers more than 4 million pounds of gleaned produce has found its way to food banks, pantries and other agencies across our state.
In 2009, Arkansas ranked first in the nation in childhood hunger. Share Our Strength, a national non-profit organization, chose our state to assist in efforts to reduce childhood hunger. With the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance as lead partner, the Governor’s office , Midwest Dairy Council and corporate partners, Walmart, Weight Watchers and Tyson Foods, launched the Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign with the goal of ending childhood hunger in Arkansas.