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RECOGNIZING STAFF: Shelly Swallow, payroll specialist, left, and Valerie Ball, senior HR manager, hand out T-shirts to employees at Blount Fine Foods as part of its corporate recognition program. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Rewards help get best out of staff

Blount Fine Foods ­employees last month rang in National Pizza and Beer Day with a pizza and root beer party at their Fall River...
THE NARRAGANSETT COUNCIL, Boy Scouts of America collected 215,000 pounds of non-perishable canned goods for its annual "Scouting for Food Good Turn."

Boy Scout food drive collects 215K lbs. of canned goods

PROVIDENCE - The Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America collected 215,000 pounds of food in its 30th annual “Scouting for Food Good Turn” food...
GIVING PLATFORM: Financial organizational software My Fund, pictured above, links to United Way of Rhode Island’s online giving platform, allowing donors to give to any nonprofit organization throughout the country. / COURTESY UNITED WAY 

Nonprofits not worried about giving fatigue after storms

In the span of roughly four weeks, the southern coast of the United States and the island of Puerto Rico were ravaged by multiple...
Ed Jankowski, a retiree living in Hopkinton, recently opened a $10,000 charitable endowment with the Catholic Foundation of Rhode Island to honor the 10th anniversary of the passing of his wife, Joyce. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Bequests to family members favored over nonprofits in R.I. estate plans

Losing Joyce, his wife of 25 years, to ovarian cancer in 2007 reignited Ed C. Jankowski’s relationship with the Catholic Church, specifically St. Joseph’s...
THE RHODE ISLAND Community Food Bank, a member of the nationwide network of food banks called Feeding America, suggests monetary donations are the best way Rhode Islanders can assist those in need in Texas following Hurricane Harvey. Above, Rhode Island Community Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff helps volunteer Yve Capella stock the shelves at The Olneyville Food Center in Providence. /PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Rhode Islanders come to aid of Hurricane Harvey victims

PROVIDENCE – In the wake of what some are calling a storm for the ages, Rhode Islanders are banding together to aid those who...
INCREASED RELIANCE: Rhode Island Community Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff helps volunteer Yve Capella stock the shelves at The Olneyville Food Center at 261 Manton Ave., in Providence. Schiff says there is an increased reliance on emergency food pantries fed by the food bank in the summer months when free and reduced-priced school-meal services are paused, putting greater strain on low-income families to afford food. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Despite nearly 300 corporate donors, R.I.’s food bank waging uphill battle

Every Monday and Thursday Julie Guerin travels the 2 miles from her home in Cumberland to the 65-acre Historic Metcalf-Franklin Farm, where she helps...
DOWN ON THE FARM: Food insecurity rises in the summer when children don’t have access to subsidized school meals. Here, first-graders from Community School learn where food comes from during a visit to the Historic Metcalf-Franklin Farm in Cumberland. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Summer is here and vulnerable R.I.ers face serious food insecurity

It is a seeming contradiction that during the height of the growing season in Rhode Island, food scarcity is at its most acute. The reason:...

Samuel Howard

Samuel Howard has been hired as communications coordinator for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. He previously served as marketing and social media coordinator...

Many restaurants give generously to charity

The National Restaurant Association recently surveyed its members about their participation in community activities. Responding restaurateurs were mostly owners of single, mid-priced restaurants –...
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