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The fourth edition of the quadrennial Hunger In America study released today by Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, reports that 888,100 unduplicated Arizonans—almost half (46%; 408,526 total) of them children under the age of 18—received emergency food in 2009. This represents a stunning 85% increase over the previous 2006 study. A staggering 74% of those households live below the federal poverty level, which is $22,050 annually for a family of four.

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Blanche Lincoln released her "mark" Child Nutrition Reauthorization markup, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

According to a new report, one in five Arizona households (20.5%) in 2009 reported not having enough money to buy food that they needed during the prior twelve months for themselves or their family. This ranks Arizona 17th worst in the country, and worse than 2008, when Arizona ranked 22nd with 18.8% of households struggling with food hardship. Nationwide, 18.5% of respondents reported food hardship in 2009, down from when the hardship rate peaked in the fourth quarter of 2008 at 19.5%.

Selected impacts: elimination of KidsCare, Department of Juvenile Corrections; TANF reductions; lowering of AHCCCS eligibility with proposal of elimination of Prop 204; further reductions in DES crisis services and other programs; 5% salary cut for government employees; setting 2006 as target budget for certain areas of state government.

In Arizona, 329,000 households (13.2%) struggled with hunger during 2006-2008, the 14th highest rate in the country, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The Association of Arizona Food Banks (AAFB) is kicking off its 25th anniversary in style, launching a new logo and brand identity to better position it for the next 25 years. The new logo and brand identity was designed by Danielle Stephens of the The Darkly Agency, a full-service Phoenix-based branding agency. All of The Darkly’s work was donated to AAFB in recognition of their longstanding efforts to eliminate hunger in Arizona.

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