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The Arkansas Foodbank is happy to announce our 18th Annual Empty Bowls Chairs, The Tina and Rich Hillman Family.

The Tina and Rich Hillman Family began partnering with the Arkansas Foodbank four years ago when Tina helped establish the senior food pantry at Carlisle United Methodist Church. As sixth generation farmers, the Hillman family has also continuously donated extra crops to the Foodbank for over 25 years.

Tina, a native of Poplar Bluff Missouri, attended University of Central Arkansas where she graduated with a degree in Education. She went on to be a kindergarten teacher and later started the ABC pre-school program in Carlisle. Rich, a native of Carlisle, graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Agriculture from the Bumpers School of Agriculture where he was recently honored as a distinguished alum. Rich is a sixth generation rice farmer and past chairman and former member of Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board. Rich has also been the Vice President of Farm Bureau for 11 years and was recently named Arkansas Farm Bureau President. Rich also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Riceland Foods. They have two children, Collin and Caroline.

“Their deep roots in agriculture and farming and their dedication and passion for feeding those in need in our state made it such a natural fit for them to chair our signature event,” said Rhonda Sanders, CEO of the Arkansas Foodbank. “They are wonderful supporters of the Foodbank and all that we do.”

Empty Bowls will be held on Friday, May 8, 2020 at the Robinson Center Ballroom. The signature event will honor Tom Brannon. It will also feature dishes from local restaurants, have a silent and live auction and live music. All proceeds go directly into feeding programs at the Arkansas Foodbank. Tickets are on sale now! Click here to learn more or to purchase tickets. 

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