LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Many people do not make healthy food choices because they are often the most expensive.
"When you shop, the first things that leave your diet when you're struggling with a budget are the meats, the dairy and the produce," Polly Deems with the Arkansas Food Bank explained. Deems said this is one of the main reasons why the Arkansas Food Bank wanted to make a few changes to the way they operate. "We're not just about packaged foods and canned foods anymore."
Now the food bank has a cooler dock and freezer, allowing them to take in a wider variety of food, which they donate to agencies like Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas.
"We're trying to encourage good healthy foods," Pat Brown, a member and volunteer at Mosaic Church, said. She believes it is about more than alleviating hunger. "We are changing our mindset, and that, in turn, is helping to make what we're giving to them more helpful and more nutritional."