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NEWPORT, RI (February 1) – During the month of February, the Newport County Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual “Ton of Love” Food Drive that is dedicated to helping the Feed a Friend Food Pantry at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center in Newport. The food drive, coordinated by the Chamber Ambassador Committee, benefits the food pantry that serves all of Newport County to help ensure those in most need do not go hungry. There are many in our community who depend on the Feed a Friend Food Pantry for their basic nutritional needs. Although many organizations collect food over holiday periods, the Newport County Chamber of Commerce schedules their annual Ton of Love Food Drive at a time when food donations decline, but the need still remains high.
Erin Donovan-Boyle, Executive Director of the Chamber said, “The MLK Community Center is a tremendous asset for the community and the Chamber and its participating businesses are proud to be supportive of the important services they provide to our most vulnerable citizens.”
Many businesses throughout Newport County will have food bins available to collect donations of non-perishable food items from February 1st through February 28th with the goal of collecting a “ton” of food for the food pantry.
More information and locations to drop off donations can be found at NewportChamber.com or by calling 401-847-1600.
ABOUT NEWPORT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Newport County Chamber of Commerce is one of Rhode Island’s largest business advocacy organizations formed to enhance the business, civic and economic vitality of Newport County and greater Rhode Island.
They are an independent, non-profit organization with over 1,100 member companies employing more than 50,000 workers throughout Newport County and greater Rhode Island. Their purpose is to leverage the region’s core assets to find solutions in the areas that matter most to the business and community, quality jobs, quality growth and quality of life. The Newport County Chamber has a wide variety of programs, publications, events, and business resources that directly improve the bottom line of members.