Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, discusses this week's Urban Institute Data Walk in Fort Smith that outlined factors contributing to poverty in the region and offers his thoughts on a puzzling high school conference realignment.

Courtesy / Center for Governmental Research

A new, online interactive map and accompanying report assembled from research done by the Center for Governmental Research, which was funded by the Walmart Foundation, shows users food outlets throughout Benton and Washington Counties.

Last week hundreds of representatives from nonprofit agencies and the private sector gathered to discuss how to reduce the number of children living in poverty in the region.

Yesterday a summit about children in poverty was held in Rogers.  One of the speakers, Brenda Zedlitz from Economic Opportunity Agency, explained what life is like for the 26,000 children living in poverty in northwest Arkansas.

Jacqueline Froelich

Charolotte Tidwell, a native of Fort Smith, is devoting her golden years to making sure low-income elders have plenty to eat. She’s getting tons of help from the River Valley Regional Food Bank.

To make a contribution to Tidwell’s charity call 479-459-0669 or mail a contribution to PO Box 1571, Fort Smith, AR 72902. The River Valley Regional Food Bank also seeks food donations from individuals, businesses and corporations.