Disciples Rice and Disciples Beans are two programs providing emergency food for the hungry in the Rio Grande Valley and Mexico. Disciples Rice was founded by the late Frank Mabee, a minister and friend of founder Feliberto Pereira. It’s a ministry that has fed hundreds of thousands of refugees, children, and members of impoverished communities in Texas and Mexico over the past twenty-five years. In 1992, the High Plains Area of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), located in the Texas Panhandle, initiated the “Disciples Beans” program, contributing funds to purchase 30,000 pounds of pinto beans—a truckload of needed protein for hungry refugees. Today, the beans and rice programs provide 90,000 pounds of these basic stables to needy families, isolated villages and childrens’ homes on both sides of the U.S. and Mexico border.