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
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.
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