JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A pair of agencies dedicated to feeding the hungry will merge in 2016.
The Arkansas Foodbank and the Arkansas Rice Depot will merge, effective January 1, 2016.
The move was approved by the board of directors of both agencies.
The merger will allow existing programs of both organizations to continue, as well as expand, reaching even more in need.
The staff of both groups will keep their jobs as the merger will create an expansion of the programs both agencies currently operate.
The Arkansas Foodbank serves approximately 61,000 pounds of food.
That food leaves the warehouse each day and is distributed at food pantries, soup kitchens, youth programs, senior centers, schools and emergency shelters.
The Arkansas Rice Depot distributes more than 9 million pounds of food each year and has 3 main programs in place: Food For Kids, Food For Families and Food for Seniors.
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