‘Feed the Kids’ summer food drive begins


The community is invited to join BankNewport and OceanPoint Insurance Agency (OPIA) this summer to show support for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank in its efforts to provide food for local children in need.

Beginning Monday, July 7 through Saturday, July 19, all BankNewport and OPIA locations will be collection locations for community donations of “kid friendly” food items, including breakfast cereal, granola bars, canned/bagged pasta meals, macaroni and cheese and peanut butter. All items are non-perishable and are not limited to specific brand names.

During the school year, many children have access to healthy and nutritious meals, but that comes to a halt when summer vacation begins. BankNewport and OPIA are excited to be able to make an impact to improve the lives of many children this summer.

“Summer is a challenging time for thousands of Rhode Island families who are struggling to put food on the table,” said Andrew Schiff, chief executive officer of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. “When school lets out for the summer, children who normally receive free or reduced-price lunches miss out on that important source of nutrition. Summer is also a season when we see a big drop-off in donations, as people focus on leisure-time activities. We are enormously grateful to BankNewport for participating in our Summer Food Drive so that we can keep the shelves stocked at food pantries across the state all summer long.”

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1982. For more than 30 years, the Food Bank has been a vital part of the state’s hunger safety net. In FY13, they distributed nearly 10 million pounds of food through their network of 178 member agencies at 223 sites statewide. The Food Bank’s primary function is to act as a food distribution center: soliciting, collecting, storing and distributing donated, purchased, surplus and salvageable food for their member agencies. Millions of pounds of food are distributed through their network of food pantries, meal sites, emergency shelters, group homes, day-care centers, youth programs and senior centers. Their member agencies are feeding more than 63,000 people each month. One in three served was a child under the age of 18.


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