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A great way to do something to help our community with the kids this holiday season.

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank will open their doors to the public on Saturday, December 15, 2012, from 9 am to noon for a Holiday Meal Drive Open House at 200 Niantic Avenue in Providence.

All ages are invited to bring donations of non-perishable food, sort their donations, take a tour of the facility and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Celebrity guests include Miss Rhode Island and Miss Teen Rhode Island. Scavenger hunts for children and adults will also take place.

The Holiday Meal Drive launched on November 9 with a goal of collecting an additional 350,000 pounds of food by December 31, 2012.  To date, approximately 110,000 pounds of food has been donated. Most needed items include: peanut butter, canned tuna, canned fruits and vegetables, dried or canned beans, pasta, rice, breakfast cereal, and canned soups, stews or chili.

“We are counting on the whole community to help us reach our goal this season,” says Andrew Schiff, Chief Executive Officer of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. “I can’t stress enough how critical the need is right now in Rhode Island. Every month, our member agencies are serving more than 66,000 people — and a third of those folks are children under the age of 18.”

The Holiday Meal Drive Open House is open to individuals and families, as well as civic, business and faith groups. Children’s programs such as the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts or local school groups are also invited to participate (with adult supervision).

Food and Funds Contribute to Goal

Financial donations as well as donations of non-perishable food will help the Food Bank reach its Holiday Meal Drive goal. Every dollar raised enables the Food Bank to acquire three pounds of nutritious food for Rhode Islanders in need. Contributions can be made online at www.rifoodbank.org/HolidayMealDrive or by sending a check to Rhode Island Community Food Bank, 200 Niantic Avenue, Providence, RI 02907.

If you are unable to attend the Holiday Meal Drive Open House, you may drop off donations of non-perishable food every weekday between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Food Bank’s facility at 200 Niantic Avenue in Providence.

For more information, visit www.rifoodbank.org.

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