Arkansas Rice Industry Donates More Than 115,000 Pounds of Rice to Arkansas Rice Depot

Sep 29, 2016
AR Rice Council President Jeff Rutledge
presents donation
AR-Donation-to-Food-Bank,-Jeff-Rutledge
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- In honor of National Rice Month, the Arkansas rice industry donated 117,000 pounds of rice to the Arkansas Food Bank today.  The donation will provide more than 1 million servings to help feed hungry families across the state.  Participating rice mills are Cormier Rice Mill of DeWitt; Windmill Rice Company of Jonesboro; Riceland Foods, Inc. of Stuttgart; Producers Rice Mill of Stuttgart; Riviana Foods of Carlisle; Southwind Rice Mill of Pine Bluff; and Specialty Rice, Inc. of Brinkley.  
 
The Arkansas Food Bank is a statewide food bank that works with 600 Arkansas hunger relief programs including food pantries, school food programs, disaster relief organizations, and a statewide hunger hotline.  The donation followed Governor Asa Hutchinson's Rice Month proclamation at the State Capitol.
 
Arkansas is the number one rice-producing state in the nation.  This year, Arkansas family farmers will produce over 50 percent of the nation's rice.  The Arkansas rice industry contributes more than $6 billion annually to the state's economy and employs over 25,000 Arkansans.