This Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank will open its doors for the annual Holiday Food Drive & Open House. Guests will be invited to take tours and enjoy holiday music and cheer at the Food Bank located at 200 Niantic Avenue in Providence.
Donations of non-perishable food are requested to help the Food Bank build up its supplies for the winter ahead. Most needed items include: canned tuna, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, dried or canned beans, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, healthy breakfast cereal, and canned soups, stews or chili.
“We enjoy opening our doors to the community at this time of year so everyone can visit and learn about how we are working to end hunger in Rhode Island.” said Andrew Schiff, Chief Executive Officer of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. “Along with taking a tour and enjoying music and refreshments, it’s a great opportunity to drop off food donations to help ensure no one goes hungry this holiday season.”
Music will be provided by the a cappella group VoX: Voices of Christmas at 11:30. Children will be able to take a tour, join in a special “seek and find” picture game and “touch a forklift.” Refreshments will be provided by the Food Bank’s Community Kitchen culinary job training program and Healthy Habits nutrition education team. The family-friendly event is free and no registration is required.
Currently, the Food Bank serves 53,000 Rhode Islanders each month through its network of member agencies. Sixty-six percent of households visiting food pantries include a child or senior adult. Last year, the Food Bank distributed nearly 11.6 million pounds of food through its network of agencies around the state.
For more information about the Food Bank, visit rifoodbank.org.