About 81 Percent of Arkansas Households "Food Insecure"

FEBRUARY 24, 2006 - Posted at 7:34 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A group dedicated to fighting hunger in Arkansas says many residents of the state don't have enough food to eat.  About 81 percent of Arkansas households are "food insecure," meaning they don't have reliable access to food.  The national rate is 70 percent.

Also in Arkansas, ten percent of those receiving emergency food assistance are elderly.

About 53 percent of food bank clients in Arkansas are white, 40 percent are black, and four percent are Hispanic.  Six percent of those seeking emergency food are homeless.

The numbers were compiled by America's Second Harvest, a national anti-hunger program.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)