TEXAS: In order to donate 11,000 pounds of rice, the members of the Western Rice Belt Conference Committee rallied together when their annual conference decided to go virtual in Jan. 2021 due to the pandemic.
The Western Rice Belt Conference Committee is a program area committee of the Wharton, Matagorda, and Colorado county offices of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
The donation was made to the Central Texas Food Bank. The donation is to be distributed to struggling families in the 21 counties it serves.
Paul Gaither of Central Texas Food Bank said, “Food insecurity is at an all-time high in Central Texas. The Central Texas Food Bank is seeing unprecedented demand for its services, and our resources are strained to the limit. That’s why we are so grateful to the Western Rice Belt Production Conference Committee for this donation.”
The committee made a choice to make the donation from the reserve already accumulated for its annual conference. The annual conference will be held virtually due to COVID-19.
The rice was bought from Riviana Foods and processed and packaged into two-pound bags for delivery to the food bank in time for the holiday.
Corrie Bowen, AgriLife Extension agent for Wharton County said, “This donation of 11,000 pounds of packaged rice to the Central Texas Food Bank is being made on behalf of the rice farmers in the lower Colorado River basin, an amount of rice for 110,000 servings of rice. This was a great opportunity to bring rice to the table to our friends in Austin.”
The virtual Western Rice Belt Conference will be on Jan. 20 on the Zoom platform.