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PNS Daily Newscast - July 22, 2019 


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Public News Service - AR: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

GRAPHIC Federal supports for farmers' markets can have a big impact at a tiny cost, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. Courtesy of the UCS.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Advocates for tiny federal programs for farmers' markets say they could grow big results for Arkansas farmers, communities, seniors and low-income families – if Congress would pass a farm bill. Jeffrey O'Hara, an economist with the Union of Concerned Scientists who

PHOTO: About 45 percent of SNAP recipients in Arkansas are children. Photo credit: Barb Kampbell, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A vote is expected today in the U.S. House on a bill that would cut $40 billion over the next 10 years from federal food assistance programs. For Arkansas, it is a vote that hunger relief groups have dreaded. More than 500,000 Arkansans receive SNAP (food stamp) benefits, which

The state AARP and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance are working this week to get hungry seniors the nutrition benefits they deserve.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Federal figures say one Arkansas senior in four is at risk of not getting enough to eat, but this week two nonprofits are doing something about it. According to the USDA, nearly a quarter of Arkansas' senior citizens live at the edge of hunger. That's why the Arkansas AARP and th

PHOTO: Students and teachers in the Drew Central School District say they love their breakfast-in-the-classroom program. Courtesy of Drew Central School Dist.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A huge portion of America's children are headed back to class hungry, according to a new report. The good news is that some Arkansas school districts are changing that - and getting great results - just by offering in-class breakfast. Three out of four teachers and administrator

A cut in SNAP benefits this fall will reduce food subsides for Arkansas' low-wage families, according to the state's food banks. PHOTO of a mobile SNAP enrollment truck courtesy of Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A cut in food stamps coming this fall is expected to land especially hard on Arkansas's working poor. A temporary boost to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) enacted to stimulate the economy is set to expire in ten weeks. Critics charge that food stamps are to

PHOTO: Research shows that academic gains can be traced to participation in school breakfast programs for low-income students. Courtesy of Share Our Strength.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - About $1 million would buy a lot of meals from a school cafeteria, and that's exactly what a bill in the Arkansas Senate aims to do. The measure would make money available for grants to prompt more schools in the state to serve breakfast in the classroom. It's well documented t

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