Polar Express helps the hungry

Polar Express helps the hungry

WOONSOCKET - Donations of non-perishable food will be collected during the annual Polar Express train ride, Nov. 22- Dec. 21. Rhode Island's Blackstone Valley Tourism Council will help feed hungry families this holiday season by serving as a collection for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, as part of BVTC's Polar Express train rides out of the Woonsocket Depot.

"We are very pleased to partner with the food bank in their ongoing efforts to help meet the growing needs of hungry people in Rhode Island by having our event be a public participation effort where people can make a real difference in others lives in the community," said BVTC president Robert Billington.

Currently, the food bank provides food to 63,000 people per month through its member agencies, who work on the front lines of hunger in every community of the state. One in three served is a child under the age of 18, and a growing number are seniors living on sparse fixed incomes.

"This partnership with BVTC's Polar Express is a perfect example of how we can work together to bring the joy of the holidays to people who are struggling just to put food on the table for their families," said Andrew Schiff, chief executive officer of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. "We love it when children are included in this valuable life lesson about caring for their neighbors who may be having a tough time making ends meet."

Anyone who drops off non-perishable food goods at the event can also participate in a surprise drawing, with details to be announced.