Local mill helps to fight hunger in Arkansas

Rice mill donates bags of rice to food bank
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - As Arkansas's National Rice Month comes to an end, seven mills from all across the state donated 117,000 pounds of rice to the Arkansas Food Bank.

One of those seven mills is found in Jonesboro.

Region 8 News spoke with Windmill Rice Company about the donation and found out more about their motivations behind serving the hungry.

According to Feeding America, there are more than 567,000 food insecure people in Arkansas alone.

That need is what drives Windmill Rice's owner, David Smith, to give not only to the Arkansas Food Bank but others in the community as well.

"Windmill Rice has really helped us to serve what we need to serve because we couldn't do it without the help like David and Windmill," Belk Charles, a close friend of Smith said.

Charles volunteers at the Southwest Church of Christ Foodbank and also recognizes the need to serve the hungry in our area.

"We have lots of people in dire need," Charles said. "And they don't know where their next meal is coming from."

The Southwest Church of Christ Foodbank has been receiving donations from Windmill Rice for years and the mill's General Manager, Mary Hall, said the company has always been lead to give generously.

"He's always told me, if there's a need, we'll always try to fill it," Hall said.

The company wants the need in our community to be the main focus and asks that anyone who is able to donates to a local food bank.

Charles said that if you want to help out, monetary donations are the easiest way for food banks to get as much food as possible to those in need.

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