U.S. Senator John Boozman, a co-chair of the Senate Hunger Caucus, highlighted efforts in Arkansas combating hunger, today in a speech on the Senate floor.
“We’re blessed to have help at the local level from a wide variety of organizations in Arkansas, and nationwide who make it their mission to fight hunger,” Boozman said in the speech.
As a Senate Hunger Caucus co-chair, Boozman helped launch the Hour for Hunger initiative, encouraging Members of Congress to spend one hour during the holiday season raising awareness for, and recognizing efforts underway across the country to combat hunger. Last Friday, Boozman helped the Samaritan Community Center in Rogers preparing backpacks of food for hungry children.
The senator emphasized the work of the Samaritan Community Center as well as Fort Smith’s River Valley Food Bank and food donation drives throughout the state during the speech.
According to recent studies, for one in six Americans, hunger is a reality and many of those suffering from food insecurities are children.
“Despite Arkansas’s reputation as a leader in agriculture production, Arkansans are struggling to provide nutritious, heath meals for their families. What is most concerning is that nearly 25 percent of Arkansas kids go to bed hungry. That gives Arkansas the unfortunate distinction of having the worst rate of childhood hunger in the country,” Boozman said.