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Arkansas Ranked #1 in Senior Hunger

"I think that's what's most important, is making a difference is one person's life one day at a time."
Cayla Wilson started working for the Fayetteville Senior Center in November, but didn't realize what she would face.

"I knew about meals on wheels, but I had no idea about the statistics on senior hunger," Wilson said.

According to the Department of Human Services, a third of all Arkansans ages 60 and older have food insecurities, amounting to about 160,000 seniors.

"When the report came out, I was really, really shocked, and very, very moved to do something a little bit more about it, to make the public more aware." Wilson said.

Each day the center sends out about 100 meals, but provides more than food.

"It's a really nice thing when you have a senior that has no one to check on them, and we're there to check on them at least once a day and provide them with a hot meal," she said.

"We've had some budget cuts so we've had to back off on our weekend meals."

The Fayetteville Senior Center is selling bricks for 250 dollars each. The bricks can be dedicated to someone as well.

Each meal costs about 6 dollars. The cost to adopt a senior and take care of their meals for a month is 185 dollars, and 2,200 dollars for one year.

It's a brick for a bite. Something Wilson is passionate about in honor of her own loved ones.

"Just kind of brings that all really close to home because I know how important interaction, the socialization, and getting a good hot meal everyday, it's so important to our seniors," Wilson said.

"I think that's what's most important, is making a difference is one person's life one day at a time."


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