Food bank gets 15,000 pound of apples

Fifteen thousand pounds of Washington state apples arrived at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank on May 2, a donation facilitated by Stop & Shop and FirstFruits Marketing of Washington. More

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Food bank gets 15,000 pound of apples

COURTESY CINDY ELDER
Rhode Island Community Food Bank Chief Philanthropy Officer Lisa Roth Blackman holds some of the crisp Washington State apples to be distributed to the food bank’s statewide network of food pantries, serving 68,000 people across Rhode Island. On May 2, 15,000 pounds of apples arrived at the food bank from Stop & Shop. The donation was made possible through a partnership with FirstFruits Marketing of Washington.
Posted 5/9/14

PROVIDENCE – Fifteen thousand pounds of Washington state apples arrived at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank on May 2, a donation facilitated by Stop & Shop and FirstFruits Marketing of Washington.

The donation is part of the Take a Bite Out of HungerProgram sponsored by FirstFruits.

The Washington company started the campaign to help feed the underserved while bringing attention to the problem of food insecurity in the United States. In 2014, Stop & Shop and five other retailers participated in the campaign, which collected a total of 200,000 pounds of apples for donation to local food banks throughout the United States and Canada.

“Stop & Shop is a long-term and very generous supporter of the Food Bank,” said Andrew Schiff, CEO of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. “From sponsoring fundraising events to literally putting food onto the tables of the people we serve, they are tremendous partners in our work.”

The food bank serves 68,000 people through its statewide network of food pantries. One in three served is a child under the age of 18.

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