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$25,000 grant supports Food Bank operations
Thank you to our friends at Bank of America for their recent grant of $25,000 to support the Rhode Island Community Food Bank‘s work feeding Rhode Islanders in need. Each month the Food Bank serves 57,000 Rhode Islanders with food assistance at 155 member agencies across the state. The funds from Bank of America will cover the costs of food, transportation and staffing to ensure that no one goes hungry.
Our friends at Bank of America have also volunteered at the Food Bank recently, sorting donated food and conducting mock interviews for our Community Kitchen culinary job training students. Participants got to practice with the Bank of America team (pictured) before they went on real job interviews as they prepare to graduate from our 14-week program.
$100,000 grant supports child hunger relief efforts
The Joy in Childhood Foundation recently awarded the Rhode Island Community Food Bank a $100,000 grant over 3 years to support its child hunger relief efforts across the state. The funds will provide meal boxes for kids during vacation times when they no longer have access to the free and reduced-priced lunches they receive during the school year.
Meal boxes are distributed to children through the Food Bank’s network of member agencies to ensure that no child goes hungry during school vacation. They contain healthy, nutritious food for kids to make lunches and have snacks for an entire week.
$30,000 to support Meals4Kids Boxes
Price Rite Marketplace recently donated $30,000 to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank to purchase 3,000 Meals4Kids boxes which provide meals and snacks for kids during the summer months when they’re no longer receiving nutritious meals at school.
Children are particularly vulnerable once school closes and they no longer have access to the free and reduced-price lunches they receive all year long. The Meals4Kids boxes sponsored by Price Rite are designed to provide enough food to carry families over until they connect with a food pantry or summer meal program.
“The work of the Food Bank is so important,” said Jim Dorey, President of Price Rite Marketplace. “And all of us at Price Rite are committed to having an impact on the neighborhoods where our customers live. It’s good for business and it’s good for the community.”
Price Rite staff also volunteered at the Food Bank and helped pack the 3,000 boxes to get them ready in time for summer vacation.
Food Bank job training program awarded $7,500
Wells Fargo awarded $7,500 to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank’s Community Kitchen culinary job training program. The grant will support the costs associated with training students, managing on-the-job training opportunities, life skills training and job placement following graduation.
“Wells Fargo is committed to investing in the communities where its customers and employees live and work,” said Mark St Hilaire, branch manager, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Providence. “The Rhode Island Community Food Bank provides critical services to help end hunger and provide high quality food for children, families and individuals throughout Rhode Island and I’m so proud Wells Fargo can support this important work.”
Community Kitchen provides low-income, low-skilled adults with the culinary job and life skills necessary for permanent employment in the food service industry, one of the largest growing employment fields in the state. This vital program enables low-income adults to break the cycle of hunger and poverty in their lives through employment.