People can create online page to help in Food Bank holiday drive

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The Rhode Island Community Food Bank has 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 and dried beans, boxed macaroni & cheese, canned soups and stews, granola bars, canned fruits and vegetables, tomato sauce, breakfast cereals and extra virgin olive oil.

For ways to get involved and donation drop-off locations, visit www.rifoodbank.org

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