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Food Help on the Way to Arkansas After Tornadoes, Severe Storms

Approximately 7,000 families in Cross and Pulaski Counties in Arkansas were hit hard by recent tornadoes and severe storms. They’ll soon get food packages containing nutritious, high-quality foods that are 100 percent grown and produced on farms in the U.S. The packages are known as USDA Foods.

“In challenging times like this, USDA plays a critical role in supporting Americans, and none are more challenging than climate-related disasters that threaten lives, destroy communities, and disrupt food systems,” says Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Until their recovery is complete, we will continue to coordinate with our state, local, and federal partners to help get food and nutrition assistance to them when they need it most.”

The Disaster Household Distribution program was approved to start on April 7. Arkansas officials will work directly with partners and local food banks to issue food boxes to participants located in affected areas. More information is available at

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