“I want to tell you about the Arkansas Foodbank and how it works,” said Peggy Vickers at Tuesday’s Hunger Relief Forum. She, along with other members of the Arkansas Foodbank invited members of the community to share their thoughts and ideas on how to solve the problem of hunger in south
The Foodbank’s Jennifer Belk says they currently provide 23,000 people with meals each week.
“Our presence here today is to bring the community together to be informed about what we're doing and to really be a partner in each area that we serve, especially in
To put that number in perspective, that’s about 23 million cans of soup, or roughly 50 million pieces of fruit.
In the last hunger survey, done in 2011, more than 9,200 adults along with 2,700 children were living with what the Foodbank calls “food insecurity” in Union County. That means they don’t always know when they’re next meal will be.
Dominique Robinson with “A Second Chance at Life” tells us they see the need too often.
“We had one child tell us it wasn’t his turn to eat, literally,” he said. His organization provides food for about 1,300 children in all five of
He believe today was a good start but more needs to be done.
“Everybody has to get outside of their circle. That’s why we’re extending our program to and the benefits that we get to anybody.”
Meanwhile, the Foodbank says they’ll keep pushing until they eliminate hunger in both
To see how you can help, visit www.arkansasfoodbank.org