State legislators spent Tuesday discussing ways to help fight the hunger problem in Arkansas. (Photo: Steve Payne, KTHV)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - State lawmakers spent Tuesday discussing ways to help some of the most needy people in Arkansas have enough food to eat.
During separate joint legislative committee meetings, legislators talked about helping fight hunger in children and the elderly.
These meetings came after the release of a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture study that showed Arkansas is tied with Mississippi for the highest hunger rate, of 19.2%, in the country.
Tuesday morning, representatives from Share Our Strength, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, Northwest Arkansas Foodbank, the Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign, and the Arkansas Department of Human services presented information about children who are hungry in the state.
In the afternoon, legislators are discussing ways to help Arkansas' aging population have access to nutritious food.