254,000 Meals For The Food Insecure

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Harding University teamed up with Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and The Pack Shack to pack 254,000 meals in under two hours for the food insecure in White County and surrounding areas. The meal-packing event took place Wednesday, Oct. 24 and involved approximately 600 volunteers including campus organizations and athletic teams.

The event was sponsored by Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield who launched a “Fearless Food Fight” campaign earlier this year to mark its 70th anniversary. The company has committed to packing 700,000 meals to fight food insecurity in Arkansas.

Arkansas ranks second in the nation for food insecurity, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. According to a recent report, nearly 20 percent of Arkansans (roughly 1 in 5), do not know from where they will receive their next meal. The state ranks No. 1 nationally for very low food security, with 8.1 percent of Arkansas adults and children experiencing deep hunger. They may cut back or skip meals frequently. Arkansas also ranks No. 5 for senior hunger, with an estimated 240,000 Arkansans age 60 and older struggling with having enough food. Nutrition is one of several social determinants of good health.      MORE

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