RI Community Food Bank

The Rhode Island Food Bank is hosting a fundraiser Friday night with a twist. The event called “Empty Bowls” lets participants eat soup from local restaurants in bowls created by local and national artists. 

Participants can take the bowls home with them at the end of the evening. Food Bank spokesman Hugh Minor says the concept was created by a Michigan ceramics teacher and his wife twenty-five years ago.

“They got to take this bowl home as a symbol of what they’d done and the fact that there still were empty bowls in their community,” said Minor.

Amos House, a social service center in Providence, hosts the largest regular soup kitchen in the state. On Wednesday, the center's meal will serve turkey and all the trimmings to between 500 and 700. 

It’s a tradition at Amos House, to serve the turkey, potatoes, cranberry all on the day before the holiday.  That’s because, other places will offer the Thanksgiving meal on the actual day, so Amos House decided why not give the needy a nutritious meal the day before?

A window into just how relentless campaign fund-raising has become: Democrat  Gina Raimondo’s latest email wishing Rhode Islanders a Happy Thanksgiving.

The Internet missive contains a photo of the state treasurer with her husband Andy and children Tommy and Ceci. ``At Thanksgiving…I think about everything we are grateful for. We live in an amazing state with so much potential, we are surrounded by family and friends who care about us, and living up to our Italian traditions, we are preparing and eating way too much food.’’

Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank is out with its annual report on hunger.  It shows the recession is still playing a very large role in the lives of Ocean State residents.

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank is now serving 68-thousand people a month, up three percent from a year ago and an all-time high.  At the same time, food donations are down by nearly two million pounds, said Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Mar 5, 2013

Congressman David Cicilline predicts that public outrage about the impact of across the board spending cuts will eventually lead to a new budget agreement.  Early voting could come to RI if a proposed bill is passed by the General Assembly.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.   

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Shred-A-Thons to be Held all Week in Rhode Island

Mar 4, 2013

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin kicked off a state-wide Shred-A-Thon as part of National Consumer Protection Week. 

This is the third year the state has offered free shredding services for personal and confidential documents.

According to Kilmartin the past “Shred-A-Thons” have kept nearly nine tons of materials out of RI landfills.

Residents can bring up to 2 banker boxes of documents for shredding and are asked to donate a non-perishable food item to the RI Community Food Bank.