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Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - AR: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

The Spirit of Arkansas food drive kicks off Mon., Dec. 2. Poster from Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Organizers expect to bring in more food than ever in this ninth year of the Spirit of Arkansas Food Drive that starts Monday. The first Spirit of Arkansas drive gathered about 8,000 pounds of food for state programs for the needy. But Michelle Shope, director of food sourcing an

Growers' Gift Spaghetti Sauce is made of ingredients gleaned from Arkansas farms, and it's being sold to support gathering produce for the state's hungry. PHOTO from the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas farmers and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance are gleaning and cooking to feed the hungry. Gleaning is a practice that dates back to the Bible, in which farmers let people go into the fields after a harvest and gather left-behind food for the poor. There is so much d

PHOTO: The Cooking Matters At The Store event Tuesday in the Walmart at Little Rock's Riverdale Shopping Center will be a free chance for families to learn some tricks for making nutritious meals on a budget.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A program Tuesday will show Little Rock families some grocery store techniques for eating well on a budget, and the first 150 to show up will get free gift cards. The program, Cooking Matters At The Store, is to run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Walmart at the Riverdale Shoppin

PHOTO: Former EPA Administrator and former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman says the government shutdown is delaying efforts to make the nation's chemical plants safer.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - With many safety inspections suspended because of the federal government shutdown, observers say there's an increasing risk for workers. At least half of the staff members at federal safety agencies are furloughed, and many operations that normally keep workers safe on the job ha

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

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