BankNewport awards $45,000 in grants to tackle food insecurity

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BankNewport today announced that it has awarded $45,000 in grants to four Rhode Island organizations that address food insecurity: Barrington Tap-In, McCauley Ministries, Salvation Army Providence Corps, and Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

“As a true community bank, supporting those who support our neighbors is critical to our mission,” Jack Murphy, President and CEO of BankNewport said in a statement. “We are extremely proud to contribute to the Rhode Island nonprofit community that does tireless and selfless work to care for those in need.”

Yvette Kenner, Trustee, McAuley Ministries; Carmen Diaz-Jusino, Vice President, Head of Community Development, BankNewport; Barbara Haynes, Executive Director, McAuley Ministries; Erin Mallo, Vice President, Branch Manager (S. Angell Street, Providence Branch), BankNewport.

Barrington Tap-In, an all-volunteer agency, works to improve the quality of life for residents of Barrington, Bristol, East Providence and Warren by providing resources to address food insecurity and economic hardship.

“We are very grateful for BankNewport’s support,” said Tirza Rivera-Ciara, president of Barrington Tap-In. “These resources have helped us provide food, including chilled and fresh produce, to 376 families in need per month in the East Bay, as well as cleaning supplies, toiletries, household items and linens. This donation also helps our organization transition to “customer choice” in May, when our customers can choose for themselves the food that best suits their needs. »

Providence-based McAuley Ministries provides basic food, clothing, shelter, health services, emotional support and counseling to the most vulnerable in the community. The grant will support McAuley House’s Healthy Meals and Pantry Program, which offers a daily breakfast and lunch program serving up to 250 people per day, as well as a pantry that provides food assistance extra for daily meal guests as well as other residents. of the surrounding neighborhoods.

Carmen Diaz-Jusino, Vice President, Head of Community Development, BankNewport; Yvette Kenner, Trustee, McAuley Ministries; Barbara Haynes, Executive Director, McAuley Ministries; Erin Mallo, Vice President, Branch Manager (S. Angell Street, Providence Branch), BankNewport.

“We are very grateful to BankNewport for their generous support of the Healthy Meals and Food Pantry program at McAuley House,” said Barbara Haynes, executive director of McAuley Ministries. “The economic impact of the pandemic and the increased costs of basic human needs have been devastating for so many people, and especially for residents of the neighborhoods of Elmwood and South Providence. BankNewport’s responsive support to the needs of the most vulnerable will help ease their burdens. »

The Salvation Army Providence Corps aspires to help individuals become more independent through a variety of services and programs. The BankNewport grant will support the organization’s efforts to provide food pantry and hot meal services to those in need in Providence, Pawtucket and Newport through its emergency assistance program, including its Sunday community meals program, which welcomes individuals and families in need of nutritious food, balanced meals and conviviality.

“BankNewport’s generosity has provided resources that allow us to touch many lives. BankNewport is in the truest sense a service partner as we serve the needs of people in pain across Rhode Island. With their help, we have brought smiles to the faces of innocent children and hope to the lives of desperate parents. We are proud to call BankNewport both partner and friend!

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank has distributed millions of pounds of food to those in need through a network of member agencies across the state. BankNewport’s grant will address the food bank’s priorities of protecting the most vulnerable from hunger, enabling food-insecure families to achieve their nutrition and health goals, and ensuring a sustainable future in the food bank.

“We are very grateful for BankNewport’s long-standing partnership, especially throughout the pandemic,” said Kate MacDonald, Director of Communications. “This generous donation will help us continue to put fresh, nutritious and culturally appropriate food on the tables of Rhode Islanders in need.”

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