September is Hunger Action Month as well as National Rice Month. Not only do we recognize the amazing work the rice industry does for our state's economy but also the pivotal role Arkansas rice farmers play in the fight against hunger. 

Join us in celebration of National Rice Month on September 17, as the Arkansas rice industry makes a large donation to help feed families, children, and seniors all across our state.

September is also Hunger Action Month. More than 549,000 Arkansans struggle with hunger and may not know where they'll find their next meal. That number includes one in FOUR children who may not have enough to eat. This rice donation will go in to weekend backpacks for children, food boxes for home-bound seniors and will fill the shelves at food pantries for families in need.

Participating rice mills are Windmill Rice Company of Jonesboro, Riceland Foods, Inc. of Stuttgart, Producers Rice Mill of Stuttgart, Riviana Foods of Carlisle, Anheuser Busch of Jonesboro, Ralston Family Farms of Atkins and Specialty Rice, Inc. of Brinkley.

The rice will be distributed across the state to the five Feeding America food banks: River Valley Regional Food Bank in Ft Smith; Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas in Jonesboro; Harvest Regional Food Bank in Texarkana; Arkansas Foodbank in Little Rock; and Northwest Arkansas Food Bank in Springdale.

The donation took place prior to Governor Asa Hutchinson's Rice Month proclamation signing today at the State Capitol in the Governor's Conference Room.