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Arkansas Rice Depot, Inc. now Arkansas Foodbank

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48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Advisor

Rating: 1

I want you to sit down and take a minute to see what I discovered in my research of this so called charity. Get your phones and call +1 501-565-8855. Pretend as if you are hungry and in need. These people act dumbfounded. There is a specific place in hell for these people

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love Rice Depot! They serve such a need in our community! I began 3 years ago in my current position as school counselor at a rural school in Arkansas and slowly started getting the word out to kids and families in crisis about some food available on weekends through their backpack program. Now, with the support of the Rice Depot and now involved local community members, I am now feeding over 50 kids on the weekends plus a snack during the day at recess. So many kids in AR are hungry and Rice Depot offers a tremendous service to meet that need! Thank you for all your hard work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our church, Wesley United Methodists in Conway, AR has served the community for over 15 years with a food pantry. Almost from the beginning we have been associated with and depend on the Arkansas Food Bank to supply the bulk of donated food we provide to persons in need. We have served thousands of families averaging 3.5 persons each. Totaling the numbers is not possible but we have had an effect on thousands of persons lives. For the most part persons we help will come to us a few weeks or months and then become self sufficient. But there are some who have needed help for years, such as those disabled and unable to work or those with a serious illness and without funds. It has been my privilige to volunteer in this effort for the last 8 years since I came to this church and have had a close association with the rice depot. I have observed their efforts in helping persons throughout the state and am pleased with all those involved from the volunteers to the director. Ken

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Food for Kids has definitely been a blessing to our students. The children have been complaining less about stomach aches and headaches. I decided to place some students in this program when a teacher caught a student taking crackers out of the lunchroom and putting them in his pocket. When asked why he was doing that, he stated, "My mama is hungry." I knew then something had to be done. The students now have a smile on their faces and seem to walk a little lighter thanks to Food for Kids.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am the director of Hope Food Pantry in Hot Springs. When I started in 2006 we served four or five families per month, by mid 2007 we had increased to 35 families per month but we ran out of food each month. In November of 2007 I applied to Ark Rice Depot for assistance and was approved in April 2008 and began receiving food. We served over 200 families, in 2009 we served 763 families and in 2010 we assisted 1397 households. Our Church is VERY small, there is no way we could have fed that many families without the assistance from the Rice Depot. We pay almost nothing for the food and they have been very generoul with their help to us. We look forward to helping even more in 2011

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We operate a food pantry in Montgomery County AR and have done so for 4+ years. We couldn't remain open without AR Rice Depot's support. Their organization is professional and highly respected in the community. They have been able to provide services and opportunities that no other food bank in the state has been able to do. We are greatful for all that they do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I would like to say that the Rice Depot Program, has helped alot, and still giving to needy families in this Area. I have volunteer for several years,and its a God send for students. thanks for all you do.When I ask them for other items that the student ask for, and they ask no questions.and provide it to me .
thanks for the caring,Linda

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I thank God for the Arkansas Rice Depot. They have blessed a lot of families over the years. We serve about 125 families a month. The community that is being served by Willie O. Thomas Food Pantry is below the poverty line. Because of this, parents and other guardians have very limited resources for providing food to their families. There is 90% of children receiving free or reduce lunch in our area.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

For the past several years I have served as a School Counselor, which has so many hidden challenges it would be hard to be fully prepared for the demands of the "job". At a professional development early in my career, I learned of the Arkansas Rice Depot and it's ability to provdie school supplies to needy students/schools. Armed with the Art Therapy training that I viewed as a way to open up the door to communication with the struggling students, I sought the resources I was unable to purchase on my own, and that began a wonderful journey with the Arkansas Rice Depot. Through the past eight years, I have had the opportunity to meet so many needs that would have otherwise gone unanswered without these generous resources provided through donations and commitment from organizations and individuals throughout the state. Now when a student comes to me hungry, I can feed them at any time of the day. When a student's family can't afford to prepare them to return to school after the summer, I can provide the students with a brand new, stuffed backpack encouraging an excitement about the school experience. When a student comes to me worried about the family's lost income, or inability to have enough food for the month, I can invite them to come weekly to take a pre-packed bag of weekend supplies home to combat the fear of a long, hungry weekend away from school. We have even joined with churches in the community to fill the gaps that sometimes exist between what the Rice Depot has on hand, and what we need., making it a collaberative experience. This is such a God-send, and I know firsthand the relief and encouragement the students encounter because these resources are there..

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Client Served

Rating: 5

here At Polk county free store we help to feed over a 150 families a month and we wouldnt be able to do that without rice depot over 70 per cent of our food comes from them.
when we first opened rice depot was ther to help us learn the ropes and with food.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Searcy County Alternative School is located in a low economically poverty ridden part of the state. We depend on the Arkansas Rice Depot to help our students recieve food that they would not otherwise recieve. Arkansas Rice Depot has come through countless times for my school and students. When we were without water in our school for 5 days, Arkansas Rice Depot showed up with bottled water without me even calling them. The only response I got was we heard about it on the news and new you needed help. When we lost everything in my school from a fire, Arkansas Rice Depot showed up with desks, paper, pencils, supplies for students and teachers alike. I don't know what we would do without Arkansas Rice Depot supporting us and helping us throughout the year. My students lives are better, they are attending school on a regular basis, and they are more alert and in a better frame of mind because Arkansas Rice Depot is there to help them.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1 Gina W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Advisor

Rating: 4

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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, RN
School Nurse

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a school nurse in a small school district with a very high poverty rate. We have many students in need of basic essentials like food, water and school supplies. Without the help of the Arkansas Rice Depot we would not be able to supply all the children in need with a snack here at school or be able to send food home with them. Since we have partnered with Rice Depot in stamping out hunger we have seen an increase in our children's happiness, alertness and learning. Children who would not have a backpack or school supplies like the other children now do with the help of the Rice Depot. They have what they need to succeed not only materially, but emotionally. Thank you Rice Depot and everyone who volunteer their time and give their financial support for helping us love and educate our students. Shawn GoodKnight, Magnet Cove School District, School Nurse.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the Director of a school based health center and we started the backpack on weekends program through the rice depot. We saw such a big difference in self esteem and emotional well being once the program had been in place for a few monthes. The children had no more fear of having nothing to eat all weekend, it was wonderful to see the transformation. I appreciate all the volunteers that work at the rice depot, they do life changing work for the children of this country. Thanks!!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I am a school counselor of a high poverty level school. We send out backpacks of food twice a month. Every time we come to the classroom to give the students their backpacks-it is priceless. The children's faces light up like Christmas time. Thanks so much for all that you've done for our children! It has truly been a blessing for our school to be part of such a wonderful and caring organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Arkansas Rice Depot serves many families in my school district. Families can apply simply and it does not involve much paperwork which allows services to be spent directly where it is needed... on food. I can also directly see the benefits when students present hungry to school and I am able to fufill their need. The Arkansas Rice Depot Back-pack program is a valuable program that assists families in need of food.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a school nurse at Sidney Deener Elementary School. Our zone is a very economically depressed area, so the need is tremendous. We have families living in our zone that cannot afford the bare essentials for life. Food is sometimes a "luxury." The Arkansas Rice Depot's Food For back packs program is one of the finest programs ever! On Monday's we have students come to my office with big smiles saying that they had really good food to eat for the weekend. It makes a huge difference in their health and school performance. The smiles are just a bonus for the rest of us:) Thank you Rice Depot.
Suzanne Pitts RN BSN

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is our first year having the Rice Depot help out the students at our school. It has been a wonderful experience and they have been a wonderful resource! We have about 70 students on our backpack program and the Rice Depot has been great about donating items for these students.

We have volunteers from a church come pack the items into bags for the students and then another member of the church delivers the bags of food to the different classrooms.

We are very appreciative to the Rice Depot for all they do, and I would highly recommend their services to any other school that has a backpack program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The good work accomplished by this organization is felt by the hungry children every night that are able to eat, because of the back pack full of food they get at school,and feel good for school the next day. Ms. Laura Rhea, CEO, has given all of herself, more than just her "work time", to this great endeavor. I have seen the faces of the people helped here and it is a humbling experience to know you had a little hand in making their smile possible. Please give to this great group.

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!

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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.

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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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It has been my honor to join the team at Arkansas Rice Depot. This is an organization with heart and determination to see that no person in Arkansas goes to bed hungry. The team truly loves each other and they labor above and beyond the call of duty everyday to meet the growing needs of the impoverished and homeless. As a new employee I was instantly welcomed and put to work. Everyday is busy and demanding, but worth it hearing the incredible stories of the lives we are helping to transform. Children are performing better in school because they are eating regularly. Families are able to pay their bills because the burden of rising grocery bills is lessened. And people are reminded that they are human and loved by God.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!