Taking the Hunger Out of Summer with the Rhode Island Community Food Bank

This Post was written by Scott Deutsch
Date posted: July 25, 2018

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Summer in Rhode Island is a time of fun in the sun, beach trips and food insecurity. In Rhode Island, over 57 thousand people face food insecurity every year. One-third of those individuals are under the age of 18. This stressor is especially prevalent when the school year ends, and thousands of children who usually rely on free or reduced-price school meals return home to find their family battling food insecurity. Many community members are unaware that food insecurity in Rhode Island spikes during the summer because of the abrupt loss of school meals. Additionally, with the holiday season of giving months away, the need for donating is often out of sight. Consequently, food donations plummet during the summer. This challenges the Rhode Island Community Food Bank to gather more nutritious nonperishable donations to fuel families.

Bridge Technical Talent believes that children should be focusing on learning to code and enjoying their summer vacation, not worrying about where their next meal will come from. In collaboration with the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Bridge set out on a mission in June: to take the hunger out of summer. The company’s participation in the Summer 2018 Food Drive helped the Rhode Island Community Food Bank accommodate a surplus of food-insecure individuals for the summer, providing over 340 meals to families in need. In just one month, Bridge collected a whopping 409 pounds of nutritious food to benefit thousands of families facing food insecurity this summer in Rhode Island.

“Giving back to the Rhode Island community is one of our company’s biggest values,” says Scott R. Deutsch, Vice President of Bridge. “This food drive addresses a critical issue for the Rhode Island community, especially during the summer time. Being able to lead Bridge employees in our collaboration with the Rhode Island Community Food Bank is a great way to be involved and make a difference.”

Bridge Technical Talent employees deliver 409 pounds of food to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Left to right: Scott R. Deutsch, Vice President; Darcy Uustal, Technical Recruiter; Joe Devine, CTO and Partner.

This was Bridge’s sixth consecutive year participating in the Rhode Island Community Food Bank Summer Drive. Each year, Bridge recognizes the influx of hungry families that summer brings. The employees at Bridge work together to provide as many meals for those families as possible. Last year, Bridge collected 166 pounds of food for the food drive. This year, Bridge set their goal at 200 pounds of food, but wanted to collect as much as possible. The company’s culture and dedication to philanthropy and the employees hard work allowed Bridge to collect over double their goal.

“Bridge employees look forward to the Food Drive with the RI Community Food Bank each summer,” said Darcy Uustal, a technical recruiter at Bridge. “While giving back to the community is important year-round, we understand how much kids and families need food during the summertime. We are happy to work together towards this goal. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have more than doubled the amount we were able to give last year. Next year, we’ll do even better.”

To learn more about food insecurity in Rhode Island and how you can help, visit rifoodbank.org.

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