Louisiana Rice Industry Provides Rice for Displaced Flood Victims

Sep 28, 2016
Lending a hand to neighbors in need
2016-LA Foodbank-Donation
CROWLEY, LA – Despite suffering major damage during the recent floods, the Louisiana rice industry came together yesterday to provide much needed rice to feed citizens who were also impacted by the deluge.

More than thirteen tons of rice were picked up here by the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. The donation was made by Louisiana Rice Mill and Falcon Rice Mill, both of Crowley; Planters Rice Mill of Abbeville, Farmers Rice Mill of Lake Charles, the Louisiana Rice Growers Association (LARGA), retired rice farmer Jimmy Hoppe, USA Rice, and USA Rice staff.  Once cooked, the gift will provide more than 300,000 half-cup servings.

“Our farmers have just completed a very difficult harvest season and have suffered great economic loss, but they realize that this flood also impacted our fellow citizens and are happy to share our rice with those in need,” said Michael Fruge, president of LARGA.

In addition to contributing rice, Falcon Rice Mill packaged the donated rice from all sources and Farmers Rice Mill provided, at cost, the rice that was purchased for donation by LARGA, Hoppe, and USA Rice and its staff.

"The donation from the Louisiana Rice Industry has tremendous impact for us because it truly is a staple of Louisiana culture and of a Louisiana diet," said Michael Manning, president and CEO of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.  "In light of the recent flooding and the destruction to our community as well as our facility, this donation of rice is a great non-perishable item for us to distribute to those most in need.”

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to feed the hungry in Baton Rouge and the surrounding parishes by providing food and educational outreach through more than 115 faith-based and community partners.  In 2015, the Food Bank distributed more than 8.7 million meals to those in need across 11 parishes.