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Public News Service - AR: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

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

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 commi

More than 23 million Americans live at least 10 miles away from stores that offer fresh food for sale. (Veronica Carter)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Making sure every American has access to healthy, fresh food is the point behind a University of Arkansas study. Arkansas has the highest obesity rate in the nation, and many areas that are considered "food deserts," where people live 10 miles or more from a supermarket that sel

Arkansas has the highest rate of senior hunger in the country, according to the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. (Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - More than 240,000 Arkansans over age 60 are considered food insecure. That means 40 percent of the state's senior population isn't always sure there'll be enough money to meet their basic needs and buy groceries. Despite programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance or "SNAP

Deputy USDA Secretary Krysta Harden was among those leading a trade mission to Ghana, where the agency signed agreements worth $58 million over the next five years. Courtesy: USDA

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Farmers from Arkansas and other states could be pitching in to help others half a world away, as part of new agreements forged by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA just hosted a trade mission to Ghana, which included announcing some "Food for Progress" agreements to

Volunteering can take as little as 5 minutes to make a difference for the National Day of Service and Remembrance on Sept. 11. Credit: USDA Food and Nutrition Service.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Five minutes or five hours, it all can make a difference on the National Day of Service and Remembrance on Sept. 11 - this Friday. It's a day for people to volunteer time, resources or talents to a project that means something to them. Lou Tobian, associate state director

Arkansas is a success story for serving breakfast at school to low-income students.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas is on the honor roll when it comes to serving school breakfast to low-income students. The School Breakfast Scorecard from the Food Research and Action Center ranks Arkansas 10th best for serving first meals to nearly 170,000 children. FRAC President Jim Weill

Arkansas legislators are being served a lunch of red beans and rice for

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas legislators are being served a lunch of red beans and rice, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches today for "Hunger Day" at the Capitol. That's a meal Arkansans dependent on food banks or soup kitchens are likely to eat for dinner, according to Nancy Conley, communicati

PHOTO: According to Feeding America's new Hunger in America 2014 report, one in seven Americans depends on food bank assistance, while one in five U.S. households served by Feeding America food banks has at least one member who has served in the military. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. - A new report issued by Feeding America lends new insight into the breadth of hunger issues across the U.S., and how close hunger comes to many Americans. The report indicates one in seven Americans currently turns to a food bank for help, and of those who go to a food bank, abou

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