Lifespan, Ocean State Job Lot collect 50K lbs. of food for food pantries

LIFESPAN VOLUNTEERS, from left, Laura L. Butterfield, Lu Ann Hall and Jennifer Patullo of The Miriam Hospital prepare food donated during Lifespan’s Season of Giving drive for delivery to community pantries around the state. / COURTESY LIFESPAN CORP.

PROVIDENCE – Lifespan Corp. and Ocean State Job Lot teamed up for the retailer’s annual holiday food drive, collecting more than 50,000 pounds of food to stock community pantries and provide Thanksgiving dinner baskets to Rhode Islanders in need.

“Caring for our neighbors is the foundation of what we do at Lifespan,” said President and CEO Dr. Timothy J. Babineau. “I applaud the generosity of the Lifespan community that, in collaboration with Ocean State Job Lot, has donated thousands of pounds of food in our annual Season of Giving drive. Grateful for our own blessings, we’re happy that we can help brighten the holidays for Rhode Islanders in need.”

“As partners, we can do so much more together than we can do on our own. When we found out that a key component of Lifespan’s Season of Giving program is a food drive, we thought it was a perfect opportunity to work together, as fighting food insecurity is a pillar of the Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation,” said Marc Perlman, principal owner and CEO, Ocean State Job Lot.

Ocean State Job Lot agreed to match donations pound for pound, and promised that if Lifespan could collect 10,000 pounds of food, it would donate 25,000 pounds of food – an entire tractor-trailer load – to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

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The food drive is just one of the Season of Giving activities at Lifespan. Toy collections, coat drives, adopt-a-family efforts and a gingerbread-kit sale provide other opportunities for employees to help their less-fortunate neighbors.

Rob Borkowski is a PBN staff writer. Email him at