On June 24, 2014 Midwest Dairy Council hosted the Arkansas Food Insecurity Advisory Round Table event at the Dalton Whetstone Boys and Girls Club in Little Rock, Arkansas. The event was attended by key leaders from across Arkansas representing the State Departments of Health, Education, and Human Services, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, the Arkansas Governor’s office as well as other public and private partners wishing to address food insecurity in Arkansas.
The round table objectives were to start a conversation about food insecurity with an emphasis on food quality, build on the momentum and discussions around hunger prevention in Arkansas, identify current gaps between food insecurity and hunger relief efforts and brainstorm ideas for solutions to fill those gaps. The event was moderated by Emmy award winning journalist, Liz Massey. Panelists included the Governor’s liaison to the Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign, Harriett Phillips; the CEO of the Arkansas Foodbank, Rhonda Sanders; The Director of Out of Schools Programs at the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, Sikia Brown; and the Health and Nutrition Administrator for the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Buster Lackey. Eddie Longoria, Regional Division Director of Special Nutrition Programs with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service was a special guest speaker.
The event was held in conjunction with the Arkansas Summer Meals 2014 Kid’s Kick-off Event featuring NFL Tennessee Titan’s star and former Razorback George Wilson. Attendees of the round table event observed the kick-off ceremony and were able to participate in on field activities with George Wilson and the kids from the Dalton-Whetstone Boys and Girls Club. During lunch, these key leaders shared a meal with the children and witnessed first-hand the importance of hunger relief efforts in Arkansas.