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December 9, 2009

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December 9, 2009

My experience with Arkansas Rice Depot goes back to the mid-1980's. At that time I was a pastor serving a Presbyterian church in Bentonville, Arkansas. Our church had a food pantry and, discovering that the Arkansas Rice Depot would make high quality rice available to us free of charge, I began, each time I made a business trip to Little Rock, to load up my station wagon with rice, which we would then repackage in 3 pound sacks together with recipes provided by ARD for distribution to our clients. Later, as ARD expanded over the state, we picked up the rice, and later also beans, from a site in Ft. Smith. Now coverage has spread over the whole state, with ARD trucks delivering food to over 300 pantries statewide. My most recent experience with ARD is their "Food for Seniors" program. Through that program an 80 year old member of our church with virtually no family and living on $600 per month that has to cover his rent and all other living expenses has delivered to his home each fourth Saturday a huge box of food. It is quite literally "manna" from heaven for our friend, feeding him for several days and enabling him to have extra dollars with which to pay his utility bills. His financial squeeze is such that he heats only one room of his house during the cold of winter, so you can imagine what a blessing it is when he receives food that will feed him for a week!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing it feed the people who came to the food pantry housed at my church, and seeing it feed senior adults who are members of our church.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the dedication of its director of the last 25 years, Laura Rhea, and the staff and board members who work with her.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I have helped in the warehouse about once a year for most of 2000 to 2009. I aslo have sold the Rice Depot Simple Pleasure gifts. Our folks love to use them and give them as gifts at Chirstmastime. The faith shown by the hard working and innovative folks at Rice Depot is heart warming to say the least. I am so proud of all they accomplish for hungry Arkansans.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the Children's Back Pack program. I am thankful some needy children in Bentonville have foods for the weekend.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Sharing in their devotion to meeting hunger needs in our state in 600+ locations.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Enthusiastic Tireless Energetic Most helpful Eager to teach Appreciative of all our puny efforts

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Increase their serving of the people of AR and send their innovative ideas across the nation!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 9, 2009

I am a leader of a 7th grade bible study group. This is now our second year before Christmas to come serve together as a group. Both experiences were great. The Rice Depot staff found tasks they could complete that they enjoyed doing. And the girls felt like they were doing something that mattered. The staff stayed in evening hours to make this possible as well. Another thing I appreciated was the description of the programs. Most of these girls haven't been close to being in need and so it is an eye opener for them to realize that people nearby have basic needs. It makes me thankful that the Rice Depot works to fill real needs in the community and provides outlets for people of all ages to serve in.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that I know what I'm working on or doing is part of something larger and that is meets real needs of people in my community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind and flexible. They worked around our schedule to come even though it meant working different hours. They spent time planning out the project for the girls to work on. I could tell they believed in what they were doing as well.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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Our organization has volunteered on various Rice Depot projects over the years and have thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff make it very easy!

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

feed every person it came in contact with.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 8, 2009

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December 8, 2009

My experience with volunteering at the Arkansas Rice Depot was very rewarding. This was my second time volunteering. I work in the downtown area of Little Rock and often see the homeless individuals. It's heartbreaking to see my fellow brothers and sisters out in the cold with nothing to eat. Our Youth Dept at my church, New Creation Bapt Church, was looking for a way to help out. After seeing an article in the newspaper about volunteers at the Arkansas Rice Depot, I thought this would be good for our youth. We took about 10 youth and their parents one Sat. and rolled our sleeves up and got to work. Our kids were so excited to be helping, I don't think they wanted to go home. The Arkansas Rice Depot also has a Backpack Program for hungry children in the Arkansas schools and I can't wait to be a part of that also. Please endorse the Arkansas Rice Depot and help feed more hungry! Thanks

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience this nonprofit is that my kids from my church saw the importance of helping someone else.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were very friendly and helpful. I could tell they really appreciated our help!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could better help the children in the schools that don't food to eat on the weekends when school is not in session.

Ways to make it better...

My experience would have been better if I would have had more time, so I could finish the task I started. But I will go back and help as often as I can.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

More exposure so more volunteers can come in and help.

One thing I'd also say is that...

One thing I'd also say is that I hope and pray that the staff continue with their spirit of excellence! Keep on smiling, being helpful and doing what you do. What a blessing you are to the community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 8, 2009

I have been associated with the Arkansas Rice Depot for over two years. When you see the end result of their efforts to feed the hungry, it is a heart warming feeling. It's main focus is to provide food to children via a back pack, food that can be taken home, prepared and consumed with-out adult supervision which is the case for most of these children. Without this food, many of these children would go to bed hungry as most of the time, the only food they get to eat is their school lunches. As a result, children are not as sick as often and do have better grades in school as they do not have to worry whether they will have something to eat in the evening.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Be able to feed more hungry people in the State. There is always a need to feed individuals, more-so in the economic times we are in.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 8, 2009

A friend of mine, who happens to be the chairman of the board of directors of Arkansas Rice Depot, asked me if I would like to join this board. I had heard of ARD but did not know much about the program until I became a board member. I have never known an organization so dedicated to its mission - to feed the hungry people of Arkansas. It just makes me feel good to know I can contribute my time and resources to such a worthy cause. Bravo ARD!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how this organization makes such a huge difference in the lives of ordinary poeple needing its assitance. I am especially impressed with the ARD Food For Kids program and the good news we hear about the recipients - the kids with better grades, attitude

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

feed many hungry people in Arknasas for a long time

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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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.