No Arkansan should ever go to bed hungry.
With your help, they won’t.
At 19.7 percent, Arkansas is tied with Mississippi as having the highest rate of food insecure households in the nation. 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 may be the only meal they can depend on, are at risk. 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. In fact, 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, relief agencies, volunteers and corporate partners, is committed to providing programs, food resources, education and advocacy to feed Arkansas’s hungry. Your interest and generosity will help us succeed.
With Arkansas’s food insecurity rate at an all time high, 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. Gleaning, the age old practice of hand picking what is left after the harvest to feed those in need, is making a resurgence. More than 3 million pounds of gleaned produce has found its way into 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 by 2015.