PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — More than 500,000 pounds of food donations will help stock food pantries and provide Thanksgiving dinner baskets to Rhode Islanders in need this holiday season.
Lifespan and Ocean State Job Lot partnered together for its annual “Season of Giving” program’s holiday food drive and collected 25 tons of food.
Marc Perlman, principal owner and CEO of Ocean State Job Lot, said that the company agreed to match donations pound for pound and that they would donate 25,000 pounds of food to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank if Lifespan could collect 10,000 pounds of food.
Colleagues at Lifespan even made a friendly competition out of the food drive and formed teams to try to collect the most donations.
Donations will be distributed to partners in the community that work to help food-insecure Rhode Islanders, including the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Crossroads Family Shelter, Camp Street Community Ministries, Capitol City Community Center Food Pantry, St. Raymond’s Food Pantry in Pawtucket and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Newport.
The food drive is just one of the “Season for Giving” activities at Lifespan. “Season of Giving” also has other activities that give back to those in need including toy collections, coat drives, adopt-a-family efforts and a gingerbread kit sale.