Help Aquidneck Community Table Match Donations to Feed the Hungry with Local Food

Thanks to a grant from an anonymous donor, all donations made until August 15 will be matched, up to $25,000.
Aquidneckcommunitytable Challenge Grant 2020

Aquidneck Community Table is bringing garden lessons to students through a new remote learning program. The ACT challenge grant, running through August 15, will support ACT’s ability to grow programs such as these across the island.

Throughout the last few months of the pandemic, Aquidneck Community Table (ACT) has been providing community members from all socio-economic levels with fresh local produce, fish, meats, flowers, dairy products and more. The group has been accepting donations to help support its mission to provide Aquidneck Islanders with meals they may need, and thanks to a grant from an anonymous donor, all donations made until August 15 will be matched, up to $25,000.

This will allow ACT to serve more people in need, especially in the midst of job losses and lay-offs during the pandemic. According to the RI Food Policy Council, “food insecurity in Rhode Island is projected to increase by 45 percent in 2020. This means that more than 175,000 Rhode Islanders, including 27 percent of children in the state, will lack access to enough food.”

In an effort to continue its service to Aquidneck Island residents, ACT has created new partnerships to distribute meals and “operate safe, accessible marketplaces for more than thirty farmers and food businesses” such as through the Summer Meals Program at Pell Elementary School, in collaboration with the Housing Authority of Newport and Newport Public Schools. When schools were closed this spring, ACT also created virtual garden lessons for 120 students and provided home garden kits to first and second graders at the Claiborne Pell School. In early July, the Newport Health Equity Zone and Conexión Latina Newport partnered with ACT to offer food certificates that are redeemable at the farmers markets, to help support our local farmers while also helping at-risk households.

The idea is to support local farms and businesses and care for the community at the same time.

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Aquidneck Community Table is bringing garden lessons to students through a new remote learning program. Photo from Aquidneck Community Table’s Facebook page.

“The only way to survive the future is to source our own food and to make it healthy,” says SCT’s executive director Bevan Linsley. “It is imperative to connect various parts of the food system and get people thinking about where their food comes from.”

To learn more about ACT and how to donate visit the website.

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