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Donations of non-perishable food will be collected during the annual Polar Express Train Ride, November 22- December 21

Rhode Island’s Blackstone Valley Tourism Council (BVTC) will help feed hungry families this holiday season by serving as a collection for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, as part of BVTC’s Polar Express Train Rides, happening November 22-December 21, in Woonsocket , RI .

People who come to the Polar Express Train Rides this season are urged to donate non-perishable food items that will be distributed to by the Food Bank through its statewide network of food pantries and meal sites.

“We are very pleased to partner with the Food Bank in their ongoing efforts to help meet the growing needs of hungry people in Rhode Island by having our event be a public participation effort where people can make a real difference in others lives in the community,” said BVTC president Dr. Robert D. Billington.

Currently, the Food Bank provides food to 63,000 people per month through its member agencies, who work on the front lines of hunger in every community of the state. One in three served is a child under the age of 18, and a growing number are seniors living on sparse fixed incomes.

“This partnership with BVTC’s Polar Express is a perfect example of how we can work together to bring the joy of the holidays to people who are struggling just to put food on the table for their families,” said Andrew Schiff, Chief Executive Officer of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. “We love it when children are included in this valuable life lesson about caring for their neighbors who may be having a tough time making ends meet.”

Anyone who drops off non-perishable food goods at the event can also participate in a surprise drawing, with details to be announced.

The Polar Express Train Ride, operating from the historic Woonsocket Train Depot, in Downtown Woonsocket, is now in its 15th season of operation. Passengers are taken by train, on the Providence & Worcester Railroad, to venture to the “North Pole” to meet Santa.

Each year over 12 thousand people have experienced the captivating magic of the Holiday Season with these interactive family fun oriented excursions, inspired by the popular children’s book The Polar Express, written by famed Rhode Island based author Chris Van Allsburg. The book also became a popular animated movie, which was released in 2004, starring Tom Hanks.

More information on tickets and schedule for the Polar Express Train Ride are available here.

For more information on the Food Bank and its programs and services, or to make any cash contributions to support their efforts, visit www.rifoodbank.org.

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Blackstone Valley Tourism Council presents this official THE POLAR EXPRESSTM Train Ride event by permission and under license of Warner Brothers.