Letter: Help us keep farming and food local in Sakonnet area

Posted 8/15/23

We've seen the recent headlines in the Sakonnet Times about “Keeping it Local.”

The Little Compton Food Bank proudly supports that sentiment .

The board of directors of the food …

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Letter: Help us keep farming and food local in Sakonnet area

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We've seen the recent headlines in the Sakonnet Times about “Keeping it Local.”

The Little Compton Food Bank proudly supports that sentiment .

The board of directors of the food bank recently voted to increase our weekly grocery spending budget from $500 per week to $3,000 per week — with the condition that the majority of this $3,000 weekly budget be spent at our local farms.  

Founded on the concept of the health benefits of local honey, a number of grants were written to ask for funding to provide local meat and produce at the food bank. When we buy local, we are providing healthy food (fresh produce and meat) to benefit the health and well-being of our patrons, supporting the local economy and our beloved farming community. Everyone wins!  

The Food Bank is so thrilled to be partnering with and purchasing from many of the local farms, Roots, Wishingstone Farm, Young's Family Farm, Walker's, Skinny Dip, White Rock, Treaty Rock and Greenwood Pastures, just to name a few. And we hope to include even more farms in our weekly grocery shopping for our patrons going forward.  

The Carter Family Charitable Trust launched the "buy from local farms" initiative with an incredibly generous grant of $30,000 (2023); $10,000 (2024) and $10,000 (2025). With grateful hearts, we have accepted their challenge to find matching funds from the community. This is where we need your help.    

Pre-Covid, the Little Compton Food Bank served an average of 15 households each week. Fast-forward to the summer of 2023, we are now serving an average of 45-plus households each week, our friends and neighbors that face food insecurity.  

As a 501(c)(3) organization, your gift is 100 percent tax-deductible. If you are able to help, please write "Carter Match" on your check when you mail it to:

Little Compton Food Bank 

PO Box 590 

Little Compton, RI  02837

More information about the food bank and how you can get involved can be found on our website.

If you have questions, please email us littlecomptonfoodbank@gmail.com 

Let's keep on "Keeping it Local" Little Compton and Tiverton. 

Jed and Cindy Dawson

Little Comton

The Dawsons are co-presidents of the Little Compton Food Bank.

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