The Food Bank held its 2019 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, October 23. Awards were given to a community partner as well as a member agency and we recognized incoming and outgoing members of the Board of Directors.
Six new Board members were elected to the Food Bank’s Board:
At the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, six Board members were recognized for their dedication and commitment as they retired from their roles.
2019 retiring board members: Pauline Perkins Moye, Mary Flynn, Chris Whitney, and Deb Thurston, shown here with Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff (second from left). Not pictured: Steve Ashworth and Mark Ross.
GUY ABELSON LEADERSHIP AWARD
Awarded to the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute at Brown University
The recipient of the 2019 Guy Abelson Food Bank Leadership Award is the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute at Brown University, which is led by Dr. Patrick Vivier, MD (pictured left, with Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff and the HCHII team).
Dr. Vivier and his team conducted the 2019 Rhode Island Hunger Survey for the Food Bank, which interviewed 419 people at food pantries and meal programs across the state. The results of the survey will inform the Food Bank’s strategic planning and advocacy efforts.
The Food Bank’s Leadership Award is named after Guy Abelson and presented every October at our Annual Meeting to an individual or organization that contributes to the Food Bank and/or its network of member agencies through a significant commitment of funds, volunteer time, or pro bono assistance. Through the recipients that are chosen each year, the award celebrates the generosity of spirit that Guy embodied.
LONI McGRATH COMMUNITY GARDEN AWARD
Awarded to Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP)
Last December, CCAP unveiled their newly re-designed full choice food pantry. It’s a beautiful and welcoming space, where guests can shop for food items just like they do in the market. In addition to the pantry upgrade, a new Community Greenhouse was built next to their Doric Avenue headquarters in Cranston, and it – along with other planned garden spaces – will be used to grow fresh produce for local families utilizing CCAP’s services. We admire and support CCAP’s dedication to customer service and to providing the healthiest food options for their guests.
The Loni McGrath Community Garden Award was created in memory of our very good friend and colleague, Loni McGrath, who passed away in the spring of 2012. One of the projects that Loni was most passionate about was helping agencies develop and enhance their community garden programs and this award recognizes that work.