The Arkansas Foodbank celebrated the end of 2014 in record fashion, by distributing 22,399,734 million pounds of food. The total surpassed the previous record set in 2013 by almost 1.5 million pounds!
“The Foodbank has made huge gains in combating hunger over the past 30 years but none more so than 2014,” said Rhonda Sanders, CEO. “Together we celebrate this distribution number with our staff, local agencies, and communities across central and southern Arkansas who were determined to distribute a record amount of food to Arkansans in need.”
The 2014 distribution total is a 7 percent increase over the previous year and translates into approximately 18.6 million meals for the 270,000 Arkansans we help serve in our 33-county service area.
Furthermore, the Foodbank was able to continue its focus on more nutritious foods by distributing 4.3 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to our 300 member agencies.
Hunger still remains a prevalent issue in our state as nearly 1 in 5 Arkansans do not know where their next meal is coming from. In 2014, the number of seniors facing food insecurity in Arkansas increased to over 25% according to the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger. That ranking is the worst in the country. For children in Arkansas, the food insecurity rate remained over 27% for the fourth straight year.
It is because these numbers that the Foodbank looks forward to building and maintaining our momentum in 2015. Join us this year in our vision to create a community where no one has to go hungry. With your help, we can get more food to more families.