In honor of National Rice Month, the Arkansas rice industry has donated 128,500 pounds of rice to the Arkansas Rice Depot to help feed hungry families in Arkansas. 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 and Specialty Rice, Inc. of Brinkley. The Arkansas Rice Council also presented a $2,500 check to the Arkansas Rice Depot.
The donation was made at the Arkansas Rice Depot, 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 Gov. Mike Beebe's Rice Month proclamation event held at the State Capitol in the Governor's Conference Room.
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 for the first time in history. The Arkansas rice industry contributes over $6 billion annually to the state's economy and employs nearly 25,000 Arkansans.