Arkansas is a state with some remarkable treasurers. To be sure, you will find one nestled in the lobby of the Arkansas Foodbank. A quaint little gift shop, Gifts From The Heart greets visitors as they come to volunteer, donate or tour the warehouse.
Nearly two decades after its inception, the gift shop boasts 11 gourmet rice and bean mixes, all hand-poured by volunteers with rice grown right here in Arkansas. These delicious blends include Arkansas Gone Cajun Rice, Red Beans and Rice and Presidential Parmesan. Recipes from the early days of the gift shop and local favorites from supporters like President Bill Clinton, a longtime advocate of the Arkansas Foodbank, are some of the most popular flavors to this day.
Gifts From The Heart doesn’t stop at the rice and bean mixes. It also features items from around Arkansas including local honey, carved wood cutting boards and local fare such as Wicked Mix. Seasonal favorites you don’t want to miss include the Foodbank’s own label Wassail (hurry, when this hits the shelves it sells out quick!).
Looking for that perfect, unique gift for your customers or clients? Gifts From The Heart has gift boxes and baskets in the shape of Arkansas available. You can order 10 baskets or 1,000, and Foodbank staff and volunteers are on hand to include a special note from you and send the gift in the mail. Take the guesswork out of the holidays, special occasions, or expressing your gratitude and let Gifts From The Heart handle your gifts. Start your holiday shopping early and get in on this great deal: Early Bird Special for Holiday Orders: 10% discount July 1-July 31 and 5% discount from Aug. 1-Oct. 31.
Perhaps the best part of this little shop is that 100% of the proceeds go to help feed the hungry. Gifts From The Heart items are gifts that give twice. Not only will someone special receive a wonderful gift, but all proceeds help feed hungry children, seniors and families in Arkansas.
John Rutledge, president and CEO of First Security Bank is a valued supporter of the gift shop.
“While First Security Bank is proud to be Only In Arkansas, it was very fitting to support such a great cause as the Arkansas Foodbank," Rutledge says. "By purchasing gifts from The Gifts From the Heart Gift Shop at the Foodbank, we were able to support their mission to fight hunger right here in our state and introduce to our customers some of the unique products that they may not have been aware of otherwise during the holiday season.”
Arkansas Foodbank is the foundation of the fight against hunger. The Foodbank is the largest hunger relief organization in the state, serving 33 counties and over 280,000 people a year. With 450 local partner agencies, the Foodbank distributes more than 27 million pounds of food through three main programs: Food For Kids, Food For Families and Food For Seniors. That’s the equivalent of 62,119 meals a day.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out this little treasure, be sure to stop by the Arkansas Foodbank at 4301 W. 65th Street, Little Rock, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Pick up a bag of rice for dinner and an extra one for a friend. Drop by in July and enjoy an extra discount — Christmas in July, which offers a 10% discount on Holiday Orders through July 31.
You can also visit our gift shop online at ArkansasFoodbank.org. You won’t be disappointed and you will feel great knowing that you helped provide a few of those 62,119 meals that go out daily.