Deb Mitchell wanted to do something to help end hunger in Rhode Island. Her impact had to be local – so she could see the difference she was making.
She was inspired to get involved with the Food Bank through her love of gardening and food, “I like to garden and grow things locally. To have good food affects so many things, like making sure kids in school are healthy so they can learn and grow.”
Visiting the Rhode Island Community Food Bank several years ago, she was impressed that she could see the results of their work firsthand.
She started to donate to the Food Bank and attend fundraisers and became a member of our Women Ending Hunger volunteer group where she met others who were passionate about making a difference. Deb increased her engagement further by sponsoring events like Truck Stop and, more recently, Empty Bowls.
As a CPA at the Providence office of Marcum, one of the largest accounting firms in the country, Deb took her commitment even further, recommending the Food Bank as one of five local charities that would be eligible to receive donations from employees through payroll deductions.
There was such interest in the Food Bank among the staff at Marcum that they chose the organization for their Day of Service when the entire office closes and everyone – all 27 employees – volunteers.
“It’s a fun time for everyone. And people look forward to giving back. It’s nice to work for a company that makes it a priority.”
A huge advocate for the Food Bank, Deb has engaged many others, inviting them to participate in events where they learn about the work to feed Rhode Island’s hungry. One example is Deb’s mother, who has attended several fundraisers and now makes a quarterly gift to the Food Bank.
“She always wanted to give but wasn’t sure where to direct her donations. My involvement with the Food Bank – and the trust I have in them – helped her make that decision.”
As an accountant, Deb takes the finances of the organization very seriously, “I look at the salaries and the percentage of funds that go into programs. The Food Bank does very well on all fronts so I’m confident my money is going to good use.”
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