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April 25, 2011

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April 25, 2011

The Rice Depot is a life-saver for my clients in Faulkner County, Ar. I serve approximately 200 clients per month and the Rice Depot is the main source of food for our establishment. The folks are very helpful any time I have questions or need help with anything.
I would be lost without the
Rice Depot and I am very thankful to the staff and volunteers that work there.

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Feeding school-age children, the elderly, and the extreme poverty strickened members of our society.

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not change a thing...it's perfect.

April 25, 2011

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April 25, 2011

The Arkansas Rice Depot Food for Kids Program provides food for our school to send home with needy children on a daily or weekly basis. We have assisted several families this year during their time of need. It is a wonderful service and the program is very easy to access to obtain food. Monthly deliveries are made to keep us supplied with food for our needy children.

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The young children I serve are too small to have to be responsible for putting food on their own table, but it has happened. The parents do not provide adequate meals, and often a child relates that the only thing they ate is what was sent home for the weekend from Food for Kids. These foods are easy to fix and often are ate straight from the can.

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I think this is a great organization and they do a superb job helping our state's needy children.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Delivers food to the school for the children. The parents are not required to fill out any paperwork or go to obtain the food themselves.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 25, 2011

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April 25, 2011

As a high school counselor in a rural Arkansas community, I see many children whose families are not able to provide adequate food in the home. Many of these students live in extreme poverty. Some also live with disabled parents or gradparents who exist on a fixed income. Unfortunately, we also deal with students whose parents have made poor decisions concerning drugs and alcohol.
I can vividly recall a young man who attends our school. At the beginning of the year, I noticed he was very thin and often appeared unkepmt. He was also very tired and had high absenteeism. When I called him into my office, I did so under the pretense of discussing his grades. As we began to meet weekly, he opened up a lot about his home life.
He and his younger brother were basically raising themselves. Their mother worked at a bar and was rarely home. The boys had no money, little food, and few household supplies. Eventually, I discovered the boys had one box of microwave popcorn in the home. They would pop one bag every day after school and split the bag.
Of course, in this instance, I did have to contact Child Protective Services. However, once their situation was resolved, I was able to provide weekly food backpacks to help sustain the boys after school and on the weekends. Mom continued to work a lot of nights and weekends, but I could rest easier knowing the boys had quality, filling foods they could quickly prepare.
Mom has stayed off drugs while keeping her bar tending job. Both boys have gained weight, have better school attendance, and are better socially adjusted to their teachers and their peers. They discreetly receive their food every week in a plain, nondescript backpack. Food For Kids has made a huge differnce in their quality of life.
This story is one of many that I could share concerning how this program has assisted students in my school. Some are just as serious; some are less serious. Regardless of the severity of the case, I sleep better knowing that I can immediately meet the needs of my students thanks for Arkansas Rice Depot and their Food for Kids Program.

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We have seen an increase in attendace, grades, and a decrease in discipline. We have also noticed improved social skills and more energy with students who receive backpack foods.

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Offer more shelf stable foods/meals

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April 25, 2011

We give food once a month or if an emergency arise. We know that everyone who receives donated food are not in need. But to see the ones that are in need being helped, makes it all worthwhile. Seeing the gratitude and realness of some of the people, makes you just want to do more. Our goal is to extend to the needs of children and families and thanks to Rice Depot we are able to reach out and touch. It is all about helping and Rice Depot helps us to help other. We are elated to be one step closer to our

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Agency /Food Pantry

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I really don't know what they have to go through to serve the difference agencies, so for that I can't say I would possible change anything. To me they seem to be friendly, knowledgeable, and liberal. Three of many traits I look for in busuness.

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April 25, 2011

I am a school nurse at an elementary school in Cetral Arkansas. The Food For Kids program is a very important tool in decreasing student absences, decreasing somatic complaints, and increasing student attention spans. This program makes a big difference in many kids lives. I am very appreciative of this program and the ease of using it.
Thank you Arkansas Rice Depot!!!!

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This has helped decrease student absences, somatic complaints, and increased attention spans

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April 25, 2011

Rice Depot and the Food For Kids program does a great job of assiting our students in need of food at home. We have several students who use this service weekly and it has been a great asset to our students. This program has made it possible for our kids to be able to focus on their studies and not worry about where their next meal may come from. This service allows us to keep the priority on learning rather than worrying about being having to help put food on the table.

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The students at my school.

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I think it's working great.

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April 25, 2011

I am a Center Director of a Head Start Program who has been served by Arkansas Rice Depot for 5 years. Each delivery has been a tremendous help to our students and their families. Ms. Rowlan and her staff are always so curtious and helpful. The coat drive has brought tears to some of the eyes of needy parents and big smiles on the faces of our students.

We are indeed looking forward to another school session of partnering with The Arkansas Rice Depot.

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Early Childhood Program

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April 25, 2011

As a counselor at a small school district in the Northwest region of Arkansas, I have seen many positive results from offering the backpack program. Our school district is 81% at poverty level, and the food that is sent home each weekend is greatly appreciated. The kids make sure they have their backpacks turned in every Monday morning so they can be refilled and sent home again on Friday. We have rules and guidlines that have to be followed and the kids know if they break these rules that the backpack can not be sent home with them. We have not had any trouble with it being taken out on the bus, the backpacks have been returned to be filled so this year has been a success because the ones that return the backpack every Monday are the ones that truly benefit from the food from the Rice Depot. We have had better attendance rates, and less behavior problems, and our test scores have improved. I am so greatful for the Rice Depot and all they do to help us supply our students in need with food to keep them from being hungry. We offer breakfast, lunch and a snack daily here at school so the backpacks allow them to have food in the evenings. Some of our students would not achieve very well if this was not a free service to our school. Thanks for everything.

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I have personally received letters and phone calls that are so appreciative of the food that has been sent home with their children.

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More food that needs to be heated with more nutritional value.

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April 25, 2011

Rice Depot and the Food For Kids program has been a great asset to our students. This program has made it possible for our kids to be able to focus learning rather than worrying about being hungry later. This is an awesome program that I am proud to be associated with!

Jennifer Robinson,
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School Nurse

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I have had the opportunity to give the food provided by Rice Depot and the Food For Kids program to the children of my school.

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have more donors because the need is so great. I appreciate everyone who makes this program possible.

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April 25, 2011

As a school counselor in SW Arkansas I serve many children from low-income families. Some of the children eat breakfast and lunch at school and may not eat again until breakfast the next day. The Food For Kids Program allows me to send backpacks full of food home with these children. This would not be possible without the Arkansas Rice Depot.

It is easy too! I email a request for food, the food is delivered right to my school and I fill backpacks and the students in need pick them up on their way to the bus.

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We have seen attitudes, test scores and behavior improve since we became a Food For Kids school.

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Assemble and deliver food and household good boxes to homebound seniors in the Central Arkansas area. Volunteers could also organize a food drive or a group to assemble health or school kits that would benefit Arkansas Rice Depot.