BankRI hosting food drive for area food banks

BankRI hosting food drive for area food banks

PROVIDENCE – As summer enters its final weeks, food pantries across the state are preparing for the high demand they experience during September.

In an effort to help emergency food programs re-stock their shelves, Bank Rhode Island branches statewide are hosting a food drive through Sept. 20.

In Pawtucket, the bank’s local branch will collect in support of the Blackstone Valley Emergency Food Center, with all donations going to help feed area residents.

During the drive, food collection bins will be placed in each BankRI branch lobby for donations of nonperishable items. The family- and kid-friendly foods most needed by pantries include peanut butter, nutritious breakfast cereals, canned fruits and vegetables, boxed macaroni and cheese, and whole wheat pasta and tomato sauce.

Along with the food collected in its branches, BankRI has committed a $4,500 contribution to the Food Bank on behalf of its food pantry partners. The gift will provide each pantry a grant to purchase additional food through the Food Bank’s leveraged acquisition program at the times they need it most.

The BankRI Pawtucket branch is located at 499 Smithfield Ave. For hours of operation, visit www.BankRI.com/locations .