The Rhode Island Foundation today announced that it will match every donation the public makes to Trinity Repertory Company during its 2021 run of “A Christmas Carol” with an equal grant to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, up to a total of $60,000. 

RI Foundation says that the goal is to enable the Food Bank to keep its warehouse stocked for member agencies like the Community Baptist Church Meal Site on Dr. Marcus Wheatland Boulevard, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center food pantry and meal site on Dr. Marcus Wheatland Boulevard and the St. Mary Church Soup Kitchen on Williams Street in Newport. 

The funding will replace the donations for the Food Bank that the theater traditionally has collected from audiences prior to the pandemic. Until Trinity Rep went dark last year, the actor playing Ebenezer Scrooge had stepped forward at the end of every performance of “A Christmas Carol” and asked theater-goers to leave a donation for the Food Bank. Audiences would then drop their contributions in collection buckets on their way out of the theater. In 2019 alone, the tradition raised more than $60,000. This commitment from the Foundation benefits two nonprofits that have been deeply impacted by the pandemic. The Food Bank has seen unprecedented demand for its services. Unable to produce for in-person audiences for 20 months, Trinity Rep is just now resuming live performances. 

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