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Hunger Relief Alliance Recognized Nationally for Arkansas Efforts

An Arkansas agency has received national recognition for its work to reduce food insecurity issues in the state. (Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance)
An Arkansas agency has received national recognition for its work to reduce food insecurity issues in the state. (Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance)
January 22, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance is getting some national recognition for its work fighting food insecurity in the state.

The National Commission on Hunger is a bipartisan group appointed by Congress to develop innovative public and private food-assistance programs. The commission's final report is just out, with praise for the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance for bringing together public and private entities to fight hunger.

Nancy Conley, communications director for the Alliance, said Arkansas leads the nation in food insecurity for seniors, and ranks very high in childhood food insufficiency, too.

"Poverty is the main driver of hunger, so it's kind of like a 'double indemnity' for us," she said. "We're not only a poor state, but we are a hungry state, as well."

She said the Alliance has worked with food banks, pantries and other agencies to increase access to benefits for those who are eligible. It also is the lead partner in the Arkansas "No Kid Hungry" campaign, which includes state agencies, private businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Conley said the recent national recognition will help in building momentum.

"And then to be called out for our exceptional work in creating partnerships," she said, "it's going to help us going forward, for other people that want to be in partnership to address hunger issues."

She said recommendations made by the National Commission on Hunger parallel many of those in the Governor's Healthy Active 10-Year Plan and the ForwARd Arkansas educational vision, both of which she said the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance will help promote.

More information is online at ARhungeralliance.org.

Jeff Stein, Public News Service - AR