Arkansas Rice Depot, Inc.

Rating: 4.87 stars   47 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Disaster Aid, Food

Location: 3801 West 65th Street Little Rock AR 72209 USA

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
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 71-0574819
501-565-8855
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Rating: 5 stars  

Arkansas Rice Depot is a fine organization that serves so many hungry people in this state. If you had to pick just one nonprofit to support, I highly recommend this one. The staff, voliunteers, board members, all are dedicated to ending hunger in Arkansas. Please help us with a donation.

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

Observing the staff and volunteers stocking food into the warehouse and loading food into trucks for delivery around the state.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

... give it higher visibility to attract more potential donors.

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9 people found this review helpful

This charitable organization operates on a shoestring budget and the small team of dedicated staff members work tireless in their mission of ensuring no one in the state is hungry. Children, families, seniors and victims of disasters are perpetually served by this dedicated staff and scores of volunteers. I have personally given my time and money to help them in their mission, and am always humbled by their sincerity, integrity and faith in God, as they quietly serve the basic needs of others. Where there is hunger, there too is the Arkansas Rice Depot, serenely fulfilling God's direction.

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

Witnessing the simple joy in the eyes of a hungry person knowing they'll be eating tonight. That's when you know just how blessed your life is and exactly how much more you still have left to give.

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

Manage this money for the life of the organization, ensuring that no child in Arkansas goes to bed hungry; no senior has to choose between medicine or food; no hungry family wonders where their next meal comes from; fill the food pantries of this state.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

Eliminating hunger across an entire state is a huge and daunting challenge. Few organizations and individuals would even attempt to take on this task. But Arkansas Rice Depot does, day in and day out. This tremendous statewide, faith-based food relief agency reaches out to thousands of hungry citizens each year with creative, proven and successful programs. There is such a need to feed the hungry and care for the forgotten and downtrodden, and Rice Depot fulfills that need. I have been involved in and supportive of Arkansas Rice Depot for more than 15 years. I am a member of the Board of Directors and past Board President. I have seen firsthand the work that this organization and its dedicated staff and volunteers do on a daily basis. They make a difference in the lives of those who are hurting.

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

seeing and knowing first hand that food and funds for food go to where they are needed most and to those most in need. There is no waste, no high overhead, no fat in this organization. It does what it says it will do: feed the hungry.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

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!

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.

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?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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?

2009-10-01

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