According to a new report from Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, more than 150,000 Arkansans are estimated to be newly food insecure since the COVID-19 pandemic began and state policies are making it more difficult for families to access nutritional support from programs like SNAP during the crisis.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released the 31st edition of its Kids Count Data Book. The annual report looks at child well-being in the United States by analyzing economics, health, education, and family and community. While Arkansas’s overall ranking of childhood well-being remained the same as last year’s report at 40th, the state’s economic well-being rank dropped significantly from 36th to 46th.
For the last decade, the United Way of Northwest Arkansas has been "filling the bus" with donations of school supplies ahead of the new school year, but, as with so many other events, they've had to adjust for new percautions during the pandemic.
Project PPE (Promoting Positive Emotions) is a free crisis counseling program designed to help Arkansans impacted by COVID-19 receive emotional and behavioral health services. The FEMA-funded project is administered by the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Aging, Adult, and Behavioral Health in coordination with local providers throughout the state. Arkansans can reach the support line 24/7 at 833-993-2382.