You can help eliminate child hunger in Arkansas

(KATV) Little Rock - Childhood hunger in Arkansas isstarting to decrease, but those leading the effort say we're nowhere close tobeing done.

After school program providers andadministrators of child nutrition programs around the state met Thursday,November 29 to discuss ways to improve.

Two years ago we were ranked first forhungry kids. Today we're ninth.

TheArkansas Hunger Relief Alliance has partnered with the Food Research and ActionCenter to expand after school meals for kids. Harriett Phillips with the Governor'sOffice says it's thanks to making the problem a priority. "Feeding kids whenthey are in school, when they're out of school. Just making everythingavailable we possibly can."

There's an easy way for you to helpthrough the Channel Seven Spirit of Giving Food Drive. Starting Monday andrunning through December 14th you can drop off non perishable food items at anyU.S. Bank.