Alarming Statistics for Hunger in Arkansas

- LITTLE ROCK, AR (News Release) - Earlier today, Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its annual report on food insecurity in the U.S., finding that more than 48.9 million Americans lived in households struggling against hunger in 2012.

Sadly, Arkansas ranked 1st in the category “very low food security” at 8.1 percent. Households that fall into this USDA category had more severe problems, experiencing deeper hunger and cutting back or skipping meals on a more frequent basis with both adults and children.

Arkansas ranked 2nd in the number of people facing food insecurity. According to the report, 19.7 percent, or roughly one in five Arkansans, do not know where their next meal is coming from.
This report comes just one week after a study by the  National Foundation to End Senior Hunger ranked Arkansas the worst state for senior hunger. Their report shows that an astonishing 24.3% of individuals age 60 and older face the threat of hunger in our state.

“The numbers from these reports unfortunately validate what we are seeing out in the local communities,” said Rhonda Sanders, CEO of the Arkansas Foodbank. “There are many more people who are hungry than we expect and who they are often surprises us. The Arkansas Foodbank remains committed to acquiring, storing and distributing food to local food pantries, food kitchens and shelters to feed those who are in need.”

Last year the Foodbank distributed over 9.6 million pounds of food at no cost and an additional 8 million pounds at low cost to our agencies in the state. Providing free and low cost food to our local partners means thousands of hungry Arkansans have much-needed food for meals.

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