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Make a Difference This Summer

By The Rhode Island Community Food Bank

Here are a couple of fun ways kids can help others during their summer vacation.

Get Their Hands Dirty – Volunteer at a Community Farm

All summer long, the community farms of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank grow fresh produce to distribute to food pantries across the state. The farms are completely run by volunteers, so they need your help!

Community farms provide a great opportunity for families to work together to make a difference. And no experience is necessary.

Each farm has its own scheduled volunteer shifts for planting, weeding and picking. Most of the times are at night and on the weekends to accommodate busy schedules.

Last year, these farms, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, produced 80,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables.

For farm locations and contact information, click here.

Hold a Food Drive – They CAN Do It!

Each summer, the Food Bank sees a drop in food donations but the need in the community is still great. School-aged children no longer receive the meals they enjoy during the school year and their families struggle to fill the gap, often turning to their local food pantry for assistance.

That’s why it is critical that we keep food and funds coming in the door all year long.

Hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation. Neither can we.

Holding a summer food drive is easy. We have bins, barrels and posters to help you. You can host one at home, in your neighborhood, at your place of worship or at your business or other organization.

Let people know that you will be collecting food and remind them of the date you need it. You may have to remind them more than once!

Some of the most needed items at the Food Bank include: peanut butter, whole wheat pasta, tuna, brown rice, canned & dried beans, boxed macaroni & cheese, canned soups & stews, granola bars, canned fruits & vegetables, tomato sauce, and breakfast cereals

For more information on how to get started, click here.

About the Food Bank

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank helps get healthy, nutritious food to the people who need it most. Every day, staff and volunteers bring in food and distribute it through a network of 160 agencies across the state.

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