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Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin & Robbins Charitable Foundation Give $20,000 to Feed Kids in Newport

The Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation (DDBRCF) award the Food Bank a $20,000 grant that will enable the Food Bank to distribute backpacks filled with food to students at Pell Elementary School in Newport.The 2,500 backpacks funded by the grant provide children with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to take home on weekends and school vacations when other resources are not available.

“Dunkin’ Brands and its franchisees are committed to serving the basic needs of our communities throughout the country, each and every day," said Todd Wallace, Senior Field Marketing Manager and Co-Chair of The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation. "One of the most pressing needs facing our communities is the fight against hunger, particularly childhood hunger. We are proud to make the largest donation in the Foundation’s history to Feeding America to support this cause, and we look forward to continuing to partner with the Feeding America member food banks like the Rhode Island Community Food Bank in 2014 and beyond.”

The DDBRCF recently announced a three-year, $1,000,000 grant, the largest donation in the Foundation's history, to be distributed among Feeding America member food banks across the United States.

The Grainger Foundation Donates $10,000 to Fight Hunger

The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation located in Lake Forest, Illinois, has donated $10,000 to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank to assist in the acquisition and distribution of food to families in need.

“This donation comes at a particularly critical time, as donations often drop during the summer, even though the need for food assistance remains at persistently high levels,” said Andrew Schiff, Food Bank CEO. “Our goal is to ensure that no Rhode Islander goes hungry.”

This donation was recommended by Jim Crowley, Market Manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s, Rhode Island market.  Grainger has been a part of the Rhode Island business community for more than 67 years as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products. The Grainger Foundation, based in Lake Forest, Illinois, was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc.

“We are proud to recommend the programs offered by the Rhode Island Community Food Bank” said Crowley.  “We understand the need to provide food to our most vulnerable citizens.”

Textron Charitable Trust Supports Community Kitchen with $15,000 Grant

The Textron Charitable Trust demonstrated its long-term commitment to workforce development and education with a $15,000 grant to the Food Bank's Community Kitchen program. This unique job training experience teaches culinary skills as well as work and life skills to low-income and unemployed adults.

Community Kitchen is a hands-on, 14-week intensive program that places students in a busy, working kitchen where they make more than 400 meals per day for the Food Bank's Kids Cafe, which provides evening meals to children in need.

The Textron Charitable Trust has been supporting the Community Kitchen program since 2007. The trust has a strong history of supporting innovative job training programs for people of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. Community Kitchen graduates have an impressive record of job attainment. More than 90% of the program's graduates find employment in the hospitality industry within a year or less of graduation.

This summer, the 53rd class of Community Kitchen students graduated from the program.