Program Aims to Reduce Hunger in Mississippi

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi has the highest obesity rate in the nation, yet it also has the highest percentage of households where people can't afford enough food for a healthy lifestyle. It seems like a contradiction.

Yet, state Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith says the two problems are intertwined with Mississippi's high poverty rate.

Thousands can't necessarily afford nutritious food. Or, they might not know how to prepare balanced meals on tight budgets.

The nonprofit National Urban League and meat processor Tyson Foods are starting a yearlong program to battle hunger for about 19,000 people in Mississippi.

Tyson is donating 30,400 pounds of chicken, and the program aims to improve food distribution to the needy. Officials also plan events where people can learn to prepare nutritious meals with little money.


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  • by Karen Location: Meridian on Jun 21, 2012 at 02:36 PM
    I agree with the PP. Eating healthy is definitely more expensive and most families on a budget can't or don't know how to do it. Shouldn't there be more information in this article? When does the program start? Who will be eligible to be helped? Where can those interested find out more information on this? I think the classes that help families with healthier cooking is a great idea but there's no information on when, where, etc...
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Jun 21, 2012 at 01:41 PM
    The first paragraph doesn't make any sense. It's not a contradiction at all! Households don't have enough money to eat properly so they are obese. People have to rely on $1.00 double cheeseburgers instead of healthier salads. People have to get fattier cuts of meat because the leaner, healthier cuts are more expensive. Forget eating fruit because it costs too much. It's not a contradiction, it's the problem. The cause.
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