Arkansas largest food bank. A charity dedicated to eliminating hunger in the lives of children, senior citizens and families in poverty. Volunteer opportunities.

Quick Facts about Arkansas Rice Depot

  • Arkansas Rice Depot was formed in 1982 to combat hunger in Arkansas
  • Arkansas Rice Depot distributes over 11 million pounds of food and supplies a year
  • At the end of 2013, Arkansas Rice Depot fed over 15% of the entire population of the state
  • With a small staff, more than 98% of budget is spent on purchasing and distributing food to people living in poverty
  • Serves 900 hunger relief programs in the state the only faith based, statewide food bank network
  • Arkansas Rice Depot mission is to find Sensible Solutions to Hunger in Arkansas

Arkansas Poverty Facts

  • 18.8% of Arkansans live below the poverty line
  • 1 in 6 Arkansans struggle to provide enough food for their family
  • 27.6 of Arkansas children live in poverty
  • Arkansas ranks 1st in the nation for very low food security and 2nd in food insecurity
  • The average income of a Food For Seniors recipient is $79/month, after rent and utilities are paid


Local Missions Make a Difference

Make Arkansas Rice Depot your Local Mission Project!

"Feed the hungry and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as day." Isaiah 58:10 NLT

By making Arkansas Rice Depot your mission project for your church's Vacation Bible School this summer you will teach our youth how to show God's love to our neighbors in need. In the process, you will make a difference in the lives of hungry kids all across our state! 1 in 4 kids in Arkansas suffer from hunger. We want to change this statistic and with your help we will. Each child can make a difference as can each church and collectively we can all change this horrifying fact. Every gift counts!

Every gift counts!

-$8 will feed a child for a weekend

-$200 will feed an average Food For Kids school program for a month

-$2,400 will provide for an average Food For Kids school program for an entire school yearEvery gift counts!

Request a Local Missions Packet today!



Hold a food drive!

Join Us!

If  you've ever poured rice, sorted bread, or labeled cans - if you've ever served in our Volunteer Center at all - you've made our mission to find sensible solutions to hunger in Arkansas possible! We want to celebrate you!

Volunteer Appreciation Bash

April 12, 2014

11 am

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Join our Mobile Text Group

Text RICE to 74700 to join or Mobile Text Group. Join today and receive updates on our work, ways to get involved, and information on upcoming events.

Thank you!

Thank you!

We're proud to be a recipient of Darden's Restaurant Community Grants program! Our local Darden restaurants - Olive Garden, North Little Rock and Little Rock, Red Lobster, North Little Rock - recognized us as leader in our community and gave $3,000 towards supporting our work to end hunger in our state. Thank you!




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