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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!!
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.