RI Com­mu­nity Food Bank hosts open house on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 9

Woonsocket Call - - Blackstone Valley -

PROV­I­DENCE – On Satur­day, De­cem­ber 9 from 9 am to 12 pm, the Rhode Is­land Com­mu­nity Food Bank will open its doors for the an­nual Hol­i­day Food Drive & Open House. Guests will be in­vited to take tours and en­joy hol­i­day mu­sic and cheer at the Food Bank lo­cated at 200 Niantic Av­enue in Prov­i­dence.

Do­na­tions of non- per­ish­able food are re­quested to help the Food Bank build up its sup­plies for the win­ter ahead. 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.

“Once again this year we are open­ing our doors to the com­mu­nity so they can learn more about the work we do to pro­vide food for our neigh­bors in need.” said An­drew Schiff, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the Rhode Is­land Com­mu­nity Food Bank. “Ev­ery­one is wel­come to take a tour, en­joy some mu­sic and re­fresh­ments, and do­nate a non- per­ish­able food item to help en­sure no one goes hun­gry this hol­i­day sea­son.”

Mu­sic will fea­ture the a cap­pella group, VoX: Voices of Christmas. Paw­tucket Red Sox mas­cot Paws will be min­gling with guests and chil­dren will be able to “touch a fork­lift” and have their pic­ture taken. Re­fresh­ments will be pro- vided by the Food Bank’s Com­mu­nity Kitchen culi­nary job train­ing pro­gram and Com­mu­nity Cook­ing nu­tri­tion ed­u­ca­tion team. The fam­ily- friendly event is free and no reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired.

Cur­rently, the Food Bank serves 57,000 Rhode Is­lan­ders each month through its net­work of mem­ber agen­cies. One in three served is a child un­der the age of 18. One in five is a se­nior 60 years of age or older. Last year, the Food Bank dis­trib­uted nearly 9.5 mil­lion pounds of food through its net­work of agen­cies around the state.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Food Bank’s Board of Di­rec­tors, visit: ri­food­bank. org.

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