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Holiday Meal Drive Open House

Saturday, Dec. 13, 9 am to Noon

Rhode Island Community Food Bank, 200 Niantic Ave., Providence

The Food Bank will open its doors to families, community groups and the public on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 9 am to noon, for the annual Holiday Meal Drive Open House.

The all-ages event is free and no registration is required. Donations of non-perishable food are requested to help the Food Bank meet its goal of collecting an additional 350,000 pounds of food by December 31.

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.

Music will be provided by the a cappella group, “Voices of Christmas,” the Wheeler Jazz Ensemble and Rhode Island teen singer/songwriter Emeline Easton.

Activities for children include a scavenger hunt, packaging of fresh produce, and a make-your-own donation can. Hot chocolate, cider and cookies fresh from the Food Bank’s Community Kitchen will be served.

Live demonstrations by the Food Bank’s “Community Cooking: Wholesome Eating on a Budget” program will be presented. The Community Cooking program brings nutrition education to clients of food pantries and empowers them to eat healthier on a tight budget using food that can be obtained from a food pantry.

The 2015 Rhode Island edition of City Dining Cards will be on sale for $20/deck -- $10 from every sale goes directly to the Food Bank. This year’s Rhode Island edition offers savings to an expanded selection of restaurants and food trucks across the state.

The Holiday Meal Drive Open House is open to individuals and families, as well as civic, business and faith groups. Children’s programs, such as the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts or local school groups, are also invited to participate (with adult supervision).

For more information, email Cindy Elder or call 401-230-1674.