LITTLE ROCK – For Arkansas Rice Depot, the only statewide foodbank 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 their cause.
On Friday, Sept. 2, in conjunction with the 2011 Salt Bowl, Arkansas Rice Depot will be the recipient of 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,” said Pat James with AutoBody America, a member of NABC and the local Saline County body shop that repaired the donated vehicle. “Many times all these vehicles need is some TLC or mechanical and body work to get them road ready and safe to drive.”
Enterprise Rent-A-Car, with its long-standing tradition of giving back, generously 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,” said 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, said 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.”
About Arkansas Rice Depot
For 29 years Arkansas Rice Depot has worked to alleviate hunger in Arkansas. The only statewide food bank, Arkansas Rice Depot distributes more than 8 million pounds of food a year to hungry Arkansans. The organization has four main programs in place, each working toward its core mission, including Food For Families, Food For Kids, Food For Seniors and Disaster Relief. Most recently, Arkansas Rice Depot announced their latest initiative to serve Arkansans in need, Arkansas Diaper Depot, aimed at providing struggling mothers, families and their infants much needed diapers. Food For Kids was designed to provide food to children having problems in school due to hunger at home. By providing kid friendly foods and backpacks to the schools, these children are now able to feed themselves with full anonymity. Food For Kids is in over 600 schools, providing food for 32,000 Arkansas school children. Arkansas Rice Depot was named the 2010 Nonprofit Organization of the Year by Arkansas Business. For more information, visit www.ricedepot.org.
About National Auto Body Council
The National Auto Body Council is a not-for-profit organization committed to the goal of improving the image of all dedicated professionals in the collision repair industry. NABC headquarters is located at 9404 Ashking Drive, Mechanicsville, VA 23116. For more information on the Recycled Rides program, call (804) 427-6982 or visit www.autobodycouncil.org
About Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Founded in 1957 and known for an extensive network of locations, everyday low rates and outstanding customer service, Enterprise Rent-A-Car has more than 5,500 offices located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population. The Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand offers a wide variety of car leasing, vanpooling, car sharing and hourly rental programs – and local car rental customers are picked up at no extra cost. For more information, visit www.enterprise.com.
About AutoBody America
AutoBody America is the one of the largest operators of collision repair centers in the Mid South. The company now operates 15 locations in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi, with multiple stores in the Nashville, Memphis, and Central Arkansas markets including its newest shop locations in Bryant and Sherwood. For more information about your local AutoBody America locations visit www.autobodyamerica.com.