For Arkansas Rice Depot, the only statewide food bank in Arkansas, reliable transportation is key to their fight against hunger. Thanks to Recycled Rides, a national vehicle donation program of the National Auto Body Council (NABC), this nonprofit will have one more vehicle dedicated to its cause. On Friday, Sept. 2, in conjunction with the 2011 Salt Bowl, Arkansas Rice Depot received a recycled 2010 Dodge Journey. The Salt Bowl, an annual football game between Benton and Bryant and one of the largest high school football events in the state, has become more than just a game, turning into a way for the Benton and Bryant communities to give back to charitable causes.
The Recycled Rides program allows multiple industry partners to come together to make a positive impact within the community.
“Each year, collision repair operators all over the country come across cars that are ‘written off’ by either the owner or the insurance company. Many times, all these vehicles need is some TLC or mechanical and body work to get them road ready and safe to drive,” says Pat James with AutoBody America, a member of NABC and the local Saline County body shop that repaired the donated vehicle.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car donated the vehicle that will be given to Arkansas Rice Depot.
“Enterprise is pleased to join with AutoBody America to help Arkansas Rice Depot bring vital services to families in our community who need them,” says Monica Nelms, rental management manager. “We’re also proud to be associated with a great tradition like the Salt Bowl.”
“This recycled vehicle will ensure that food and supplies get to those Arkansans who need it most," says Laura Rhea, president and CEO of Arkansas Rice Depot. “Each day, we deliver food to schools across the state, making sure the hungry children we serve have something to eat. During times of disaster we deliver food and supplies to affected communities. But our programs don’t just provide food and supplies. They also provide hope. We are grateful to the participating organizations that helped make this possible.”