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Child food insecurity rates high in AR; food banks low on goods

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Following their study on child hunger, Feeding America released information to food banks throughout the area.

Executive Director for the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas, Christie Jordan, said that unfortunately, the results for the food bank here aren't good.

Statistics show that Northeast Arkansas has some of the highest rates of child food insecurity in the nation and the highest in the state of Arkansas.

"A lot of people think about food insecurity and poverty going hand in hand, but that's not this study is showing to us. It's showing that 30% of those children that are in food insecure households are actually in families that are above the poverty line," Jordan said.

Jordan told Region 8 News this means that families often don't qualify for the help they need and the shelves at the food pantry are bare.

Jordan said their individual donations are drastically down and as soon as food comes in, it goes right back out.

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