BREAKING NEWS: Arkansas Added to USDA Fruit and Vegetable Pilot Program. Arkansas is one of three states just added to the USDA's Fruit and Vegetable pilot program in the Senate Agricultural Appropriations bill. In the program, children in targeted schools help themselves to snacks of fresh, ready-to-eat produce.
Backpack Program Featured in Wall Street Journal. The backpack program that was started at the Arkansas Rice Depot and subsequently picked up by America's Second Harvest is featured in a June 14 article in the Wall Street Journal: "For Hungry Kids, 'Backpack Clubs' Try to Fill a Gap.' "...On their shoulders, the children carry the backpacks as well as the weight of America's hunger paradox: want amid plenty..."
Senator Lincoln Honored. On June 21, FRAC (Food Research and Action Center) presented Sen. Blanche Lincoln with the Congressional Distinguished Service Award for her support of child nutrition programs.
Coalition Funding Threatened. Please urge members of the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations committees in both the U.S. House and Senate to reinstate the funding for the Community Food and Nutrition Program (CFNP), which underwrites your Arkansas Hunger Coalition and similar small but vital operations nationwide.
Arkansas Coalition for Economic Security Plans. The Arkansas Coalition for Economic Security (ACES) is now planning the second biannual Beans and Cornbread Legislative Supper, to take place in January. Contact us for meeting information.
Food Pantry Listings On-Line. To view locations and hours of operation go to "Need Food?" on the toolbar to your left and follow the links. Or check the website of Arkansas Access, using "food" as the keyword.
Starting a Food Pantry? World Hunger Year has put together some tips and how-to's.
Are You Pregnant, or a Mother of Small Children? Check out the WIC program, which offers breastfeeding advice, nutritious food, and nutrition education to women meeting certain criteria.
Food Stamp Information Available. You may download applications from the site, but you still have to print the form, fill it out, and turn it in at a DHHS office in person. If you want to see whether you might be eligible, try this eligibility pre-screening tool.Need Information on Federal Benefits? See this new website to find out what benefits you're eligible for and how to apply for them.
What's It Like To Be Poor in America? Check out this short on-line video. According to Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, the gap between rich and poor is a "moral issue." Ehrenreich was speaking at the Take Back America conference.
Register at Arkansas Compassion Commities to stay in the loop about services all over the state, and to tell others about what you offer. Under "Issues and Needs," see "Poverty/Housing/Basic Needs."