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Aquidneck Community Table Serves Up a Challenge Grant

An exciting opportunity to expand access to locally-grown food is on the table, that is, through Aquidneck Community Table (ACT), a known leader in the local food marketplace. A generous challenge grant from an anonymous donor stipulates that every gift made before August 15, will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000. 

ACT is inviting the help and support of community members to join in as market goers, gardeners, volunteers and now as donors. By giving before the deadline, the community will receive double the benefits, particularly as economic hardships created by COVID-19 are predicted to deepen into autumn.

As the RI Food Policy Council recently reported, “According to Feeding America, 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.”

ACT hasn’t wavered from its core mission to build a healthy and sustainable food system to serve every Aquidneck islander despite unexpected obstacles and costs. In fact, four new partnerships and programs were recently cultivated to expand access to locally-grown produce for islanders and visitors. Donations to the Challenge Grant before August 15 ensure that ACT can continue to connect consumers from all socio-economic levels with fresh local produce, fish, meats, flowers, dairy products and more.

For more information and to donate, visit AquidneckCommunityTable.org.