November 22, 2017

RI Community Food Bank Kicks Off Holiday Food Drive

Food Bank asks for help with donations for the 57,000 Rhode Islanders served each month.

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Providence, RI. The Rhode Island Community Food Bank kicked off its annual Holiday Food Drive to help ensure that no one goes hungry this holiday season. Rhode Islanders are invited to participate by hosting a food drive or donating funds to support the organization.  “Every year, we ask the community to step up to support people in need of food assistance,” said Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff. “And we are always amazed by the generous response we receive from our neighbors and friends.”

This year, the Food Bank is launching a new online fundraising tool to promote group fundraising for the organization. Explains Schiff, “Anyone can create their own fundraising page to recognize a birthday or a special event and encourage their friends and family to give. All of the donations will come directly to the Food Bank to support our work.” For more information and to try it for yourself, visit rifoodbank.org/fundraise.

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank serves 57,000 people each month through its statewide network of 155 member agencies. One-third of the clients served are children and one-fifth are seniors.  This year’s list of most-needed items include: peanut butter, whole wheat pasta, tuna, brown rice, canned & dried beans, boxed macaroni & cheese, canned soups & stews, granola bars, canned fruits & vegetables, tomato sauce, breakfast cereals and extra virgin olive oil.
For ways to get involved and donation drop-off locations, visit: www.rifoodbank.org

About the Rhode Island Community Food Bank
The Rhode Island Community Food Bank distributes food to 57,000 struggling Rhode Islanders each month through a statewide network of 155 member agencies including food pantries, meal sites, shelters, youth programs and senior centers. The Food Bank solicits food donations from the public and from the food industry, including supermarkets, food manufacturers and growers. To keep up with the high demand for food assistance, the Food Bank also acquires food at low cost from wholesalers. This year, the Food Bank distributed 9.5 million pounds of food. The Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. For more information, visit www.rifoodbank.org.

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