Since June of 2011, we have quietly provided over 55,000 hot meals served directly on the street in various locations within our inner city.  We have involved over 16,000 volunteers service hours in our Tuesday night feedings and our volunteer base of men and women and students now represents more than 13 church’s of all denominations and several non-profit missions org's.

 

Rice N Beans is a non denominational, faith based effort to address the plight of the hungry and homeless men and women on the streets of Charlotte, NC.

Our dual purpose is to develop a bridge of unity between those who have been blessed and those who are in need and to provide an organization where volunteers can become directly involved in the preparation and feeding of the less fortunate that exist on the edge of our society.


A deeper dive into WHo we are

Rice N Beans has evolved from a grass roots effort of volunteers to a functioning non-profit that is passionate about helping the underserved in Charlotte, NC. Our purpose is to provide immediate care for hungry, hurting people who need love, acceptance and direction as they seek ways to improve their current situation. Long term we look to launch a sustained care program for those who want to get off of the streets and develop life skills.  Provide an opportunity to experience spiritual renewal so they can live a productive life. We also strive for unity within the church and non profit communities by providing safe, organized opportunities that allows volunteers to become directly involved in an effort to provide hot meals and personal care items to the less fortunate.  We are proud to state that we are succeeding in these initial objectives of our mission statement.

Rice N Beans enjoys a very positive image within the Charlotte homeless community. Through a growing base of volunteer support we have been able to sustain our weekly operations for 7 years and continue to build the base of leadership to guide our growth.  We are financially sound and firmly focused on our mission.  This has all been done with an all-volunteer staff.

By the inclusion of our volunteer base in our Tuesday night street feedings, we are breaking down the fear and resistance barriers held by volunteers – some that may have never ventured out of the suberbs and onto the streets of Uptown Charlotte.  We also firmly believe that we are building a base of trust among the men and women we serve on the streets.  We do not judge or criticize the reality of these less fortunate – we simply pass on the unconditional love shown to us all by Jesus Christ.  That attitude over the past six years has produced tremendous returns for both our volunteers and the people we serve.  We are particularly proud of the fact that 100% of all donations collected to date have been spent on the costs of food and products need to serve our friends on the street.

Since June of 2011, we have quietly provided over 60,000 hot meals served directly on the street in various locations within our inner city.  We have involved over 20,000 volunteers service hours in our Tuesday night feedings and our volunteer base of men and women now represents more than 13 church’s of all denominations. 

Beyond the creation of “good will” amongst our volunteers and the homeless on the streets, we recognize that the problem goes much deeper than just needing a hot meal. We believe the root of hopelessness is a life void of a relationship with God our creator. We further believe that this relationship can only be accomplished thru Jesus Christ. We have found by living out the directives that are taught in the bible, we can achieve a healthy growing relationship with all people. Because of the mutual respect that our volunteer staff has shown we are now attracting other service organizations that recognize the value of what we are accomplishing.  We continue to evolve and further collaborate with other charitable organizations that are like minded in our efforts to restore dignity and provide for the immediate needs that many in our community are desperate for.

If this information encourages you to become more involved, please add your name to our volunteer list in the “Get Involved” section of the website.  To continue to grow, mature and make a difference, Rice N Beans needs to continue to attract committed volunteers.  We welcome you to join us every Tuesday Or Wednesday evening at 7pm. For more information or answers to questions please email us at ricenbeanscharlotte@gmail.com


Last year one of our regulars at the time, Steven was in line waiting to be served. As we were casually talking I asked him if he had any family in the Charlotte area. He smiled and said “yes, you guys are my family”.
— Rhett Blair - Volunteer Team Leader
“Grassroots personal ministry is where you most often see people’s lives changed. Over time they watch to see if you love them before they believe you love them; and in turn, believe God loves them. Rice N Beans is just this type of ministry. Under the leadership and example of Daryl Sutherland, men, women and children who call the “streets” their home see and experience God’s love through the care, comfort and personal attention Rice N Beans gives them in the name of Jesus.”
— Billy Mauldin CEO/ Motor Racing Outreach
Tuesday nights have quickly become one of my favorite parts of the week. Over the past couple of years, I have been able to serve the streets with Rice n Beans, and I have been able to experience the love that is poured out each week. The use of food to connect with people and eventually meet a much greater, spiritual need has become a working model of the Gospel to me. One of my favorite moments is when we offer someone food and they become overwhelmed. They start to tell us how hungry they are and how they have been praying for a meal. It is a constant reminder to me that Jesus will never let us get too hungry without providing that meal. He will never let us fall too low without helping us back up. I am thankful that I get to continue to grow in the relationships that have formed between us and the people that sleep on the streets.
— Leah Gibson - Intern / College Student

What We've Achieved

  • Provide immediate care for hungry, hurting people who need love, acceptance and direction.

  • Provide an opportunity to experience spiritual renewal so they can live a productive life.

  • Strive for unity within the church and non-profit communities by providing safe, organized opportunities that allows volunteers to become directly involved in an effort to provide hot meals and personal care items to the less fortunate.

  • Through a growing base of volunteer support we have been able to sustain our weekly operations for 7 years.

  • Provided over 60,000 hot meals served on the streets within our inner city.

  • Involved over 20,000 volunteers service hours on our Tuesday & Wednesday night feedings.

  • Added a Wednesday night weekly feeding in 2018.

  • A volunteer base representing more than 13 church’s of all denominations and several non-profit mission org's.

  • Weekly feeding and teaching Gods word to approx 150 children in Pakistan.

Our Goals

  • Add additional serving nights to our Charlotte outreach.

  • GOAL REACHED! Starting June 2018 we began serving on Wednesday nights in addition to Tuesday nights.

  • Partner with other cities to help launch Rice N Beans in more communities.

  • We are already "grassroots", but we want to go Mobil with a food truck. This will allow us to serve in different areas of the city on different days. Providing an opportunity for our guest to order food they would like to eat.

  • Launch a sustained holistic care program for those who want to get off of the streets and develop life skills.