For the past 4 years, one of the spas I was familiar with gave Turkeys and the fixings to RI’s food bank. The women working there liked Thanksgiving, it was novel to them. In 2005 they gave 10 turkeys, 10 stuffing mixes, 10 cranberry cans, basically they gave the whole setup for dinners for 10 families in Rhode Island.
The donation changed in 2006-2008, where they donated just turkeys. Probably about $300 worth of turkeys. RI Food bank said they needed the turkeys more, so that is what they got.
This year the RI Food bank will not be getting any donations. It is sad because the need for food is up dramatically in 2009 due to the economy.
The Rhode Island Community Food Bank says from September 2008 to August 2009, emergency food programs served more than 13 million meals, an increase of 30 percent over the previous year.
The report said 11.7 percent of Rhode Island households are considered food insecure, which means they’ve had to reduce food intake or skip meals. It says 4.2 percent of households have run out of food or experienced hunger. (See the full article here)
It is not like the spas do not want to donate anymore, it is because they do not have money to give. Since the change in the law, there has been a decrease in customers. The RI Food bank is just part of the domino effect. Lets hope it doesn’t get any worse for the women in these spas.