Our History

Started in 1980 in Spartanburg, SC, Rice Bowls is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide food for orphans in the name of Christ.   After visiting developing countries and witnessing the ravages of world hunger first-hand, Dr. Alastair Walker decided to develop a pro-active means to feed the hungry.

With the help of other staff and members of his church, Dr. Walker developed the plastic rice bowl coin bank that very similar to the one we use today.  Since rice is a dietary staple for much of the world, this design reminds us of those in need around the world.  The original concept of Rice Bowls remains the same – help organizations collect money that goes to feed the hungry.

In 1985, Rice Bowls was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit agency in the State of South Carolina.  

Beginning in 2007, Rice Bowls began partnering directly with Christian orphanages, first in India and Sub-Saharan Africa.  This movement was in prayerful response in part to the growing global orphan crisis.

The manufacturing, administration and distribution for Rice Bowls still take place in Upstate South Carolina.  Since its inception, Rice Bowls has raised tens of millions of dollars to alleviate world hunger.

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These beautiful brown eyes have witnessed things no child should ever see. Just two years ago she watched as her father set her mother on fire. With her younger sister huddled closely next to her, Gaythari sat in her village hut for two days next to her mother’s body. Finally a neighbor found them. Now her eyes reflect the joy of being restored through the dependable love and care provided in the home of one of our orphanage partners in Chennai, India. Gaythari's and her sister’s somber heartaches have faded. read more ›

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