Letter: Your support keeps us strong, helping others

Dear Editor:

Bristol Good Neighbors would like to update the residents of the East Bay on the many successful programs that have been made possible by their generous donations this summer.  Funding provided by the Town of Bristol and Roger Williams University Fund for Civic Activities, St. Michael’s Church and its parishioners, and the local community have allowed us to expand our Food 4 Kids program to include 74 children; this program provides children in Bristol, Warren and Barrington with backpacks of food when access to school lunches end during the summer months, and this summer we were able to provide a greater number of children with a wider variety of nutritious foods.

We have also continued our partnership with local farms, including Frerich’s, Magaziner, Puddingstone, Mt. Hope, and McCoy Community Farm, whose donations of freshly picked produce provide our clients in both the food pantry and soup kitchen with healthy foods they might otherwise go without.

The steady stream of support we receive from our donors in the form of food, clothing, toiletries, small household goods, and many other necessities has allowed us to continue to provide for the ever-increasing number of families and individuals who come through our doors every day, including an average of 75 meals per day in our soup kitchen and 185 families per month in our food pantry.

Our hope is to continue to meet the growing needs of our clientele throughout the year, and to provide them with new and innovative programs, all of which is made possible by the concern and caring shown to our clients by their generosity.  We look forward to seeing our friends in the community at our annual Souper Soiree, an evening of music and dining including raffles and a silent auction, scheduled for Oct. 5.

 

Ann Wiard

Executive Director

Bristol Good Neighbors

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