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Arkansas Rice Industry Donates Almost 2 Million Servings to Feed Hungryms-arkansas rice industry donatess almost 2 million servings to feed hungry 1

LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS – Today the Arkansas rice industry donated more than 128,000 pounds of rice to the Arkansas Rice Depot to help feed hungry Arkansans. Participating rice processors were Riceland Foods, Inc., Windmill Rice Company, Cormier Rice Milling, Producers Rice Mill, Riviana Foods, and Specialty Rice, Inc.

"The Arkansas rice industry is pleased to partner with the Arkansas Rice Depot to fight hunger in Arkansas," said Steve Orlicek, president of the Arkansas Rice Council. "We are proud that today's donation will provide 1.9 million servings of healthy and nutritious rice to hungry families across Arkansas."

Arkansas Rice Depot is the only statewide, faith-based food bank in Arkansas and one of only a handful of food banks in the nation that do not charge a fee for the food provided. In 2013, Arkansas Rice Depot distributed approximately 9 million pounds of food and supplies, working with 300 food pantries and soup kitchens, more than 600 public schools, 70 Central Arkansas senior citizens, and in any community where a disaster strikes.

"I can’t express how grateful we are for the Arkansas rice industry's generous donation," said Kim Aaron, President and CEO of Arkansas Rice Depot. "They continue to play an important role in our efforts to combat hunger here in Arkansas. The support of the growers and mills will make an immediate difference to thousands of hungry children, families and seniors served by our programs."

Arkansas is the largest rice-growing state in the nation and Arkansas rice farmers and millers contribute over $6 billion each year to the state's economy, employing nearly 25,000 Arkansans.

Earlier Friday, Governor Mike Beebe issued a proclamation declaring September "Rice Month" in Arkansas.

Photo caption:  Helping neighbors in need


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