Poultry industry makes food donation

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Arkansas poultry companies will deliver 48,000 pounds of chicken, turkey, eggs and peanut butter as a donation to the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance to help combat child hunger across the state.

The gift was made possible by the state Poultry Federation and its allied members. The food will be delivered Wed. Feb. 22 to the Arkansas Foodbank in Little Rock. It will then be distributed to six member food banks in Arkansas as part of the “No Kid Hungry Program” launched in 2010, the release stated.

“We look forward to helping the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance by providing protein products that are in such need by children and also proudly produced in Arkansas,” Marvin Childers, president of the Poultry Federation, said in the release.

The number of local children at risk for hunger is alarming in a region that produces enough food the feed the nation. About one-third of the children in Benton County are at risk for hunger, that increases to 45% in Washington County. The River Valley fares slightly worse with Sebastian and Crawford counties having 46% and 47% at hunger for risk, respectively, according to Arkansas Advocates for Families.

The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance is a non-profit collaborative network of hunger relief organizations throughout Arkansas that works with local, state and federal organizations to keep food on the tables of our fellow Arkansans who need it most. The Alliance and its members provides more than 25 million pounds of food to hungry Arkansans each year.