Act locally: Save Chocolateville

[ 0 ] February 29, 2012 |

We love chocolate. Knowing that it’s made locally and supports a good cause – even better.

Chocolateville, as it was known in colonial times, was once a thriving community that combined the best of entrepreneurship, employment, and productivity. Known today as Central Falls, this economically depressed city is home to over 19,000 residents living in one square mile of Rhode Island.

Years of financial and social struggle led to bankruptcy, making Central Falls the epitome of the failing American industrial city. Now Mike Ritz, head of Leadership Rhode Island,  and others are trying to help save Central Falls – one chocolate bar at a time.

“Save” Chocolateville is  a localized call-to-action… a modern day “barn raising”… a collaborative, inside-outside effort to resurrect the spirit of ingenuity and community. The bars are made right in Central Falls by Andrew Shotts, a well-loved chocolatier from New York City, He relocated to Providence in 2003 and moved three years later to a 7,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Central Falls, where he produces the Save Chocolateville bars.

The chocolate bars are available online or at Whole Foods University Heights through Easter. The Chocolateville website promises that 100% of proceeds will aid children in need thanks to the Children’s Friend & Service organization.

Category: community news, grocery news, helping others, local ri area

Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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