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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.