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
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.