Photo Caption (left to right): Noah Metnick, Executive Chef, Waterman Grille; Andrew Schiff, Chief Executive Officer, Rhode Island Community Food Bank; Lisa Roth Blackman, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Rhode Island Community Food Bank; and Tobey Chase Sanborn, Senior General Manager, Hemenway’s.

The Newport Restaurant Group (NRG) announced today that they recently presented the Rhode Island Community Food Bank with a $5,000 donation through its recent holiday gift-card program. Between November 14, 2018 and December 31, 2018, $1.00 from every gift card purchased was earmarked for the food bank.

“We are so proud to support the Rhode Island Community Food Bank in its mission to feed those in need across the state,” said Casey Riley, COO, Newport Restaurant Group in the announcement. “The work the organization does to build healthier and hunger-free communities is inspiring, and we are grateful to our loyal customers for helping to make this donation possible.”

“We are extremely grateful to the Newport Restaurant Group and its customers for this generous and valuable donation,” said Rhode Island Community Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff in a prepared statement. “We are excited to see the funds go toward feeding our less fortunate brothers and sisters throughout the state.”

Since 1982, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank has been distributing millions of pounds of food to those in need of assistance through their network of member agencies across the state.  To meet the demand, the Food Bank solicits food donations from the public and from the food industry, including supermarkets, food manufacturers and growers. The Food Bank also purchases food at low cost from wholesalers. Equipped with a 77,000-square-foot facility, a fleet of trucks and a professional staff, the Food Bank safely and efficiently moves nearly 200,000 pounds of food out its doors each week.  For more information, visit

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