Heifer International, the global nonprofit known for gifts of livestock and training, is starting a new initiative in the United States.

Heifer International, the global nonprofit known for gifts of livestock and training, is starting a new initiative in the United States.

Heifer Internationalís United States programís Seeds of Change will focus on two of the most severely impoverished areas in the U.S. ó the Arkansas Delta and Appalachia.

Seeds of Change aims to make healthy foods more accessible to those who need them most. This is about more than just raising incomes; itís about combatting real hunger and malnutrition.

In the targeted Arkansas Delta area, nearly one in four people are food insecure. The Heifer USA country program awarded two planning grants of $125,000 each to the East Arkansas Enterprise Community and to the Appalachia District Health Department and through the program, Heifer will supply agricultural materials, equipment and training in sustainable business development, agriculture production and distribution processes to participants, and help them access capital and credit to develop local food systems once again.

With Seeds of Change, Heifer USA aims to expand its presence in America and make a significant impact on hunger in this country and will enable families to improve their livelihoods in ways they never thought possible.