Trumann boys raise money to feed hungry kids

TRUMANN, AR (KAIT)- Nearly 20 percent ofArkansas households struggle with hunger according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service's annual report. But two young menfrom Trumann are trying to combat those numbers by raising money to feed kidsin the community.

Nearly one of five Arkansashouseholds struggled with hunger between 2010 and 2012, according to a new report.

Fourteen year old,Garrett Ray and 21-year-old Ryan Ragan said they saw a need in the community so they knew they had totake action.

"We've been seeing a lot of kidscome through and the biggest thing we see is that they're hungry," said Ragan.

The two Trumann boys put togetherVision 20/20. They are asking for sponsors to donate $20 dollars and in returnthe boys will ride their bike 20 miles.

"Together we've raised about $1,000dollars," Ray said.

He saidthey see a lot of kids come to their church hungry.

"On Wednesday nights and Sundaymornings we feed the kids breakfast and on Wednesday nights and Sunday nightswe give them a meal too, so it will go right to that and that's what they willuse it for," Ray said.

Ragan said he sawGarrett's vision on Twitter and knew he wanted to help.

"It's kind of like a tear jerker because yousee how hungry these kids are and they do only get one or two meals a day andthat is at school so that's the benefit of doing this 20 for 20," he said. "There will be little kids like 40or 50 pounds and they will eat like 4 or 5 hot dogs a piece."

And on Tuesday the boys will ridefor the cause.

"We are doing a 20 milebike ride, so all of our sponsors that's donated and sponsored us $20 or morethey will see the benefit of what we get to do," Ragan said. "We have a couple of businesses butwe also have a lot of individual sponsors."

So far they have received donationsfrom Jackson Hewitt in Trumann, RDM and Alert America in Little Rock.

Ragan said he is confident they willreach their goal.

"God multiplies the benefits and it'sawesome."

First Pentecostal Church in Trumannfeeds kids on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 10 p.m.

If you are interested inbecoming a sponsor in the ride you can mail donations to 20/20 P.O. Box 237Trumann, AR 72472.

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