Hunger in Central and Southern Arkansas


1 in 5 Arkansans experiences food-insecurity, which means they struggle to find sufficient access to nutritious food. 25% of Arkansas children are facing hunger, and in some rural areas, it’s even higher. Statistics like these are what ranks Arkansas second in the nation for food-insecurity.

Food insecurity describes a household’s inability to provide enough food for every person to live an active, healthy life. Food insecurity is one way we can measure and assess the risk of hunger.

Families facing hunger often have to make unthinkable choices – like buying food or paying the light bill, filling their pantry or filling their gas tanks. After the pandemic struck in 2020, these hard choices are a reality for many families who have never had to rely on a food bank or food pantry before.

In the 33-county region Arkansas Foodbank serves, Feeding America has projected that nearly 300,000 people will be considered food-insecure in 2021. We know it will take a while for these individuals to get back on their feet. Many families dealing with job loss or pay cuts may use money from their savings or retirement accounts to pay their bills – leaving them with an even less secure financial future.

You can help! Support Arkansas Foodbank with a gift today, and help us feed hungry families tomorrow. For every dollar you give, the Foodbank can provide enough food for five nutritious meals!