Big things are going on in the Southwest region of the U.S. when it comes to feeding families. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service partnered with the No Kid Hungry Campaign lead by Share Our Strength and Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe. Earlier this month, we met to discuss strategies to help this campaign meet its goal of increasing participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Summer Meals in Arkansas. Unfortunately, there is a lot of work to be done as we are seeing more and more people struggling to put food on the table but through our partnerships we hope to make a difference one community at a time.
Last month we held a listening session in New Orleans along with Under Secretary Kevin Concannon with over 30 participants from the hunger community. The discussion centered around how we can all work together to make it easier for people to qualify for our nutrition assistance programs. We often find that just by sitting around a table we can share great ideas that turn into solutions and we are all passionate about ending childhood hunger by 2015. USDA’s 15 nutrition assistance programs touch the lives of one in four Americans over the course of a year and serve as a national safety net against hunger. Please visit the Food and Nutrition Web website for more information about our feeding programs.