Rhode Island Foundation and Ocean State Job Lot Team Up to Match Trinity Rep Donations

Donations made to Trinity Rep will be matched by the Rhode Island Foundation up to $60,000 with an equal grant given to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, then Ocean State Job Lot will continue to match donations with an equal donation in food.
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Joe Wilson Jr. as Scrooge during the filming of Trinity Rep’s A Christmas Carol online, which will stream Dec. 17-Jan. 10. Photo by Amanda Downing Carney.

From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, donations made to Trinity Repertory Company by the public will be matched by the Rhode Island Foundation with an equal grant made to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, up to a total of $60,000. After the first $60,000 is met, Ocean State Job Lot will match the second $60,000 in gifts made to Trinity Rep with an equivalent donation of food.

The community can both support the local theater and its A Christmas Carol production while helping neighbors who need assistance during this traumatic time. A new report issued by the Food Bank revealed that one in four households report being food insecure this year.

For the last fourteen years, the Trinity Rep production of A Christmas Carol would conclude with the actor who plays Ebenezer Scrooge asking the generous audience to make a donation to the Food Bank. Last year, the audience contributed more than $60,000 for the Food Bank. This year, A Christmas Carol will be shown online for free upon registration from December 17 through January 10, but the loss in audience contributions will still affect the Food Bank.

The Rhode Island Foundation and Ocean State Job Lot’s decisions to match grants will greatly benefit both the Food Bank and Trinity Rep.

“The state’s food pantries and meal sites are faced with an immense increase in need from hungry Rhode Islanders,” says President and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation, Neil D. Steinberg. “Arts organizations that depend on ticket sales are struggling to cope with the loss of live performances. Our matching grants will enable people to double the impact of their donations to Trinity Rep.”

Job Lot is also more than ready to pitch in to help. “Job Lot loves Trinity Rep. We have been a supporter for over two decades. Addressing food insecurity is a core initiative for the Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation. The opportunity to support both missions at the same time gives us great pleasure,” says Ocean State Job Lot CEO Marc Perlman.

Trinity Rep Executive Director Tom Parrish is also grateful that the tradition to help the Food Bank will continue with the help of the Rhode Island Foundation, Ocean State Job Lot and the public, especially since the play demonstrates the true meaning of hope and generosity. “At its heart, A Christmas Carol is a story of community, love, hope, acceptance and redemption,” says Parrish. “This unique partnership of Trinity Rep, the Food Bank, Rhode Island Foundation, Ocean State Job Lot and the community will help ensure a happy holiday season for so many Rhode Islanders.”

Register to watch the annual holiday production here, which will stream on December 17. Donations can be made during the registration process or video streaming, and those made between Thanksgiving and New Year’s will be counted toward the Rhode Island Foundation and Ocean State Job Lot’s matching grant campaigns.



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