Little Rock-based Heifer International has announced a new program that provides funding for two of the most poverty-stricken regions of the United States.

Little Rock-based Heifer International has announced a new program that provides funding for two of the most poverty-stricken regions of the United States.

The non-profit is known for its charitable and education efforts to fight world hunger and poverty and says it's now focusing on poverty issues in the U.S.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Heifer's Seeds of Change Initiative has awarded $125,000 grants to both the East Arkansas Enterprise Community and to the Appalachia District Health Department to be used for agricultural equipment, training, and economic development.

The Arkansas project includes 15 counties in the Delta region of eastern Arkansas. The Appalachia project includes four counties in North Carolina and one in Tennessee.