Give Food for Christmas
The holidays are rich in good food and drink. We shouldn’t forget to thank the farmers who make it all possible and also those who sadly experience hunger this time of year. Your year end gifts to these volunteer organizations are tax deductible.
Give Thanks to Local Farmers
The Charlestown Land Trust Farmers’ Market – The Farmers’ Market offers the opportunity for the community to meet and celebrate a summer morning, exchange ideas, and reap the bounty of local farms. Farm fresh, locally grown and produced fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, cheese, breads, pastries, seafood, flowers, honey and more. The market also supports local artists and craftspeople providing a unique shopping experience as well as the freshest food possible. Anyone who has been well fed at the market should know it is a volunteer effort to support local farmers and help them keep their land in farming rather than development.
Provide Food For the Hungry
Rhode Island Center Assisting those in Need (RI CAN) – Established in 2001 and now located in the village of Carolina, RI CAN provides emergency food and outreach to thousands of at-risk residents in southern Rhode Island and beyond. Since piloting the Food Rescue Program in 2011, RI CAN has rescued over 800,000 pounds of surplus food from Walmart and BJ’s and made it available to those who have trouble affording nutritious food.
Birds Get Hungry Too
Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island -Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuges provide resting, feeding and nesting habitat for more than 250 bird species. The Friends provide support for many projects, one of which is to raise money to fill the Refuge birdseed feeders. The feeders help support the birds through the winter when wild foods are scarce.