The Arkansas Food Bank reports:

Yesterday, Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its annual report on food insecurity in the U.S., finding that more than 48.9 million Americans lived in households struggling against hunger in 2012. Sadly, Arkansas ranked 1st in the category “very low food security” at 8.1 percent. Households that fall into this USDA category had more severe problems, experiencing deeper hunger and cutting back or skipping meals on a more frequent basis with both adults and children.

Arkansas ranked 2nd in the number of people facing food insecurity. According to the report, 19.7 percent, or roughly one in five Arkansans, do not know where their next meal is coming from. 

Happily, Arkansas has a U.S. Senate candidate prepared to think outside the box for a state with a greater percentage in hunger than any other. That would be Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton. He wants to slash food stamp spending even if that also means cutting aid to farmers who grow the food poor Arkansans can’t afford to buy.