New Group Sends 350,000 Pounds of Food to Arkansas Families

NOVEMBER 14, 2005 - Posted at 3:57 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Six trucks started their trips today to distrbuted 350,000 pounds of food to Arkansas familes in need during the holiday season.

The food drop helps launch the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, an organization formed by the merger of six food banks from around the state, including Jonesboro.

The trucks started from Little Rock and are headed to distribution sites elsewhere in the city, as well as Jonesboro, Fort Smith, Norfork and Texarkana.

Kristie Jordan, executive director of the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas, says a truckload of food bound for Jonesboro is expected to arrive either Wednesday or Thursday.

Group director Debra Alich says many people don't realize that people living in the United States are hungry.  Alich said nearly 162,000 Arkansas families don't have enough to eat while 58,000 suffer from hunger.

Alich says the mission of the organization is to bring all food providers together to help the hungry.  She said that by partnering and combining resources, the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance will help feed more people and be more cost-effective.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)