Times Record

By Thomas Saccente

U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., personally paid his respects to two organizations in the Fort Smith area Tuesday.

Boozman served as the keynote speaker at the River Valley Regional Food Bank Annual Awards Luncheon at the Fort Smith River Park Pavilion, where donors and volunteers were recognized for helping make a difference in the region. During his speech, Boozman discussed the impact that donors and volunteers around the state have made on their respective regions and how hunger is an important issue. Boozman is a member of the Senate Hunger Caucus.

"One of the issues that we've really been working hard on is doing summer feeding programs, trying to get us into this century," Boozman said. "I think the last time that those rules were changed were in the 1960s. ... The situation in our urban areas as opposed to our rural areas, right now we have a one-size-fits-all that doesn't work for most periods anymore. We're trying to create legislation that gives a lot more flexibility, so that not only do our eligible receive food through free and reduced lunch programs and things like that, they're eligible for the feeding programs at schools when summer starts. ..."

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