Community Reinvestment

Bank Of America Feeds Hundreds Of Boys & Girls Club Members

Opens Call-Center Cafeteria To Serve Daily Meals

Keith Griffin

June 9, 2020

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Although a large percentage of its local staff continues to work remotely during the COVID-19 epidemic, Bank of America’s Lincoln, Rhode Island cafeteria remains in near full swing, preparing meals for Rhode Islanders going through tough times. Daily, the kitchen readies 300 meals that are then delivered to member families of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northern Rhode Island.

“For all of us, these are uncharted times like never before, but especially for many of the diverse families that rely on us,” said Nicole Dufresne, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence, “and this incredible act of kindness by one of our most dedicated partners is making a big difference. If there at all is a small silver lining in this pandemic, it is seeing firsthand our community’s tremendous response to helping others. We’re so grateful for all of the support we’ve received from everyone.”

Bank of America, a longtime supporter of the Boys & Girls Club and particularly the local organizations’ teen employment and career development programs, reached out to BGCP and the BGCNRI last month to offer the help of the meals. Where the kitchen would normally prepare food for the bank’s employees, it now prepares some 1,500 meals weekly for families in core communities. And the two BGC organizations ensure they reach members’ homes.

“This generous contribution from Bank of America has enabled us to not only continue, but expand our meal service to our families who need us most,” said Gary Rebelo, President and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northern Rhode Island. “We are truly thankful to all of the impactful partners who have helped us – and continue to help us – provide food security for so many during this difficult time.”

"As the coronavirus continues to impact the Rhode Island community, the demand for food assistance is increasing. Food banks are trying to keep up but we recognize that we can also help—by transforming our Lincoln contact center cafeteria into a food kitchen to provide donated meals to hungry families and individuals," said Bill Hatfield, president of Bank of America in Rhode Island. "We will continue to support the community as these types of hardships occur."

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