LITTLE ROCK, AR - Anti-hunger groups in Arkansas are reporting a higher demand for food that they blame mostly on higher fuel prices. Phyllis Haynes of the Arkansas Foodbank Network in Little Rock says the organization is spending more for less food and its Little Rock warehouse has less food than in previous years, plus the quality and variety of the inventory has declined. The Network distributed 17,000 pounds less in food this year than it had by the same time last year.
According to a U.S. Dept. of Agriculture survey, a little more than 14 percent of Arkansas families reported a higher incidence of hunger between 2004 and 2006.