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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Disaster Aid, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief, Youth Development

Mission: Arkansas Rice Depot is the oldest and only statewide foodbank in Arkansas.  Founded in 1982 by the Arkansas Interfaith Hunger Task Force, our name comes from the fact that Arkansas-grown rice was the first food distributed.  We haven’t changed the name, but now we give out all kinds of foods through a variety of innoviative programs.  Arkansas is one of the hungriest states in the nation; but thanks to Arkansas Rice Depot, over 65 million pounds of food has been distributed in Arkansas in the past 25 years.  Hunger still affects families, children, and the elderly in Arkansas, so our work, and our need for support continues.

Results: Last year, Arkansas Rice Depot programs served 13% of the population of Arkansas.  Through our Food For Families program we provide almost 7 million pounds of food each year to over 300 church and community hunger agencies across Arkansas.  Last year we helped feed 349,000 individuals.  Our Food For Seniors program enables volunteers to deliver 50 pounds of food and household items monthly to homebound senior in Pulaski, Saline, and Faulkner Counties who face hunger.  We serve over 25,000 children through our Food For Kids program, providing backpacks filled with kid friendly foods, personal care items and much more that is sent home with students facing hunger. We currently serve over 600 schools in the state.  Arkansas Rice Depot’s Disaster Relief program immediately activates, providing emergency relief through our food pantry partners, public schools, direct disaster service events, and even door to door if necessary. Our emergency relief efforts continue in a community as long as needed.

Geographic areas served: Arkansas

Programs: Distribution of usda commodities and donated food items to individuals through humanitarian organizations

distribution of usda commodities and donated food items to individuals

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Barrett R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rice Depot is one of the most effective and focused organizations focused on ending hunger that I have been a part of. They are excellent at ensuring that everything they do is a step toward accomplishing that goal.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that helping feed the children and families who are in need. The backpack for kids program is incredible!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have delivered food to needy senior citizens for Rice Depot since 2004.
The people really appreciate the food, hugs, and concern shown for them. They are very grateful, and it is a very satisfying volunteer job.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Arkansas Rice Depot is the non-profit that is making the most difference in Arkansas in solving our hunger problem. Arkansas has the highest rate of child hunger in the nation. The are answering this need with the Food For Kids Backpack Program. It's a simple solution - give a child a backpack with a kid-friendly meal to take home after school each day and on the weekends. Hungry children can't learn. They act out in class. They get sick and miss school. Teachers see a great improvement in both behavior and grades when kids are enrolled in the FFK program. 98% of the money donated to the Depot goes to feed people - whether it be the Food for Kids Program, Food For Families, Food for Seniors, food pantries, or disaster relief. The Depot is accomplishing the most good with their resources. I'm honored to be a part of their program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have found the Arkansas Rice Depot to be a great place to volunteer. It is very rewarding to work with such compassionate people and especially rewarding to know that many others are being helped by the workers at the Depot.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of the Arkansas Rice Depot since the mid 1980's. When I worked for a company in Stuttgart we donated obsolete cartons to the Rice Depot. Since retiring and moving to Hot Springs Village I have been volunteering at the Rice Depot for several years. This is a great organization and has helped many schools and food pantries all over the state. I am very aware of the help they have provided in the Hot Springs, Garland County area. I volunteer through Christ Of The Hills United Methodist Church mens group. The Rice Depot has helped us supply food items to the needy families in the Jesseiville, Mountain Pine area. Laura Rhea and the rest of the staff at the Rice Depot have helped with items for several Habitat Home dedications in Hot Springs of the past year. I am very proud to be associated with an organization like the Arkansas Rice Depot that helps so many people in need.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoyed volunteering at the Arkansas Rice Depot, Inc. One thing that is wonderful about volunteering with this organization is that you can bring a group of all ages, and everyone can be involved on the same project. It unifies your group and crosses age boundaries. Our group not only volunteered, but also received a tour of the facility to educate us more on the mission and services of the Arkansas Rice Depot. We were treated warmly by the staff and not rushed through. I believe our group definitely has plans to go back and volunteer here again.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this organization for several years and the work that they do providing food for the hungry students in Arkansas is amazing. They work on a shoe-string budget and manage to serve multitudes who would otherwise go home hungry from school each day. Our county suffered terribly from the ice storm in January of 2009 and Rice Depot provided emergency supplies for families who were without essentials during the weeks without electricity and water. The ways Rice Depot reaches out to meet the needs of all Arkansans are so numerous they can't all be listed but our state is blessed to have this organization working for the least and the underprivileged.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I HAVE BEEN THE VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR FOR OUR UNITED METHODIST MEN'S GROUP AT THE ARKANSAS RICE DEPOT FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS. WHAT A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE THE DEPOT MAKES IN THE LIVES OF ARKANSAS HUNGRY. BOTH THE BACKPACK AND SHELTER PROGRAMS TOUCH TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ALL AT NO COST TO THOSE RECEIVING.THE ORGARIZATION IS WELL RUN AND TRULY FILLED WITH A SPIRIT OF SERVICE.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.