Catherine Amoriggi may only be 16 years old, but she is already a seasoned chef and food blogger. And she’s putting her skills to good use for hungry families in Rhode Island.
Amoriggi has created a unique 2014 wall calendar, featuring her recipes with professional photographs of each dish. In addition, the calendar presents facts about hunger and information about the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. She’s also included a variety of recognized “food days,” like National Brown Bag It Day.
“Thanks to the generosity of the Amoriggi family, every penny of the proceeds from the calendar will benefit the Food Bank,” said Andrew Schiff, chief executive officer of the Food Bank. “This grassroots project demonstrates the ability of young people to make a real difference in our community.”
Amoriggi has a history of cultivating ways to help the Food Bank. At age 14, she hosted a culinary event where she prepared an elegant meal for a large community gathering, raising more than $3,000 for the Food Bank.
The 365 Food Calendar 2014 is now on sale for $15 at Barrington Books and several Providence locations, including Stock Culinary Goods, Books on the Square and Farmstead. In addition, the calendar can be purchased online at www.rifoodbank.org/gifts, at the Food Bank’s facility at 200 Niantic Avenue, Providence, and at the Food Bank’s special events.
Amoriggi is one of many young philanthropists who have found creative ways to benefit the Food Bank. Recognizing this desire in our youth to make a difference, the Food Bank recently published “One Kid Can! Helping the Hungry: A Toolkit for Kids and Young Adults.” The 20-page booklet contains dozens of ideas organized by age group, along with tools and helpful hints for conducting food and “fun” drives; it can be downloaded for free by visiting www.rifoodbank.org/
HungerActionMonth or by picking up a copy at the Food Bank, which is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Rhode Island Community Food Bank provides food to more than 68,000 Rhode Islanders in need every month through its statewide network of food pantries and meal sites. One in three served by the Food Bank is a child under the age of 18.
For more information, visit www.rifoodbank.org.