MCDANIEL GIVES $25,000 TO ARKANSAS FOODBANK NETWORK

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April 15, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2010
CONTACT: AARON SADLER


MCDANIEL GIVES $25,000 TO ARKANSAS FOODBANK NETWORK

LITTLE ROCK - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel presented a $25,000 check to the Arkansas Foodbank Network today to help the network achieve its short-term strategic plan of improving the quality and nutritional value of the food it distributes, reach out to more hungry Arkansans and increase its services to children.

The funding is from part of a 2006 settlement with Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals, Inc., an Ohio-based company that is now out of business. Arkansas and other states alleged that Berkeley wrongly touted the health benefits and effectiveness of its products.

"I respect and appreciate the work the Arkansas Foodbank Network does to help meet the most basic need of our state's residents," McDaniel said. "It's appropriate that this money was taken from a company that misrepresented the nutritional value of its products and will now go toward providing real nutrition to needy Arkansans. I am pleased to be able to do this."

The Arkansas Foodbank Network (AFN), established in 1984, secures and distributes food and grocery products to more than 400 member agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and after-school feeding programs, in 33 central and southern Arkansas counties. AFN serves an estimated 149,500 individuals annually in its primary service area.

According to the most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture State of the States Report (2007), 14.4% of Arkansans live in danger of going hungry. Arkansas is one of the top four hungriest states in the nation.

The network is engaged in its "From Hunger to Hope" campaign in order to greatly expand AFN's ability to secure, process and distribute food to its primary service area and to the other five food banks in Arkansas. With resources stretched to the maximum, the network has embarked upon a three-year strategic plan to greatly expand food resources to underserved areas.

"The funding provided to the Arkansas Foodbank Network by Attorney General McDaniel will help us reach our campaign goals, enabling us to double our impact on hunger in Arkansas in the next five years," said Phyllis Haynes, Executive Director of the network. "We extend our sincerest thanks to Attorney General McDaniel, who has once again exhibited his extraordinary respect and commitment to serve Arkansans in need."
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