After the overwhelming success of last year’s consumer “shred-a-thons” throughout Rhode Island, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has announced an expanded schedule of shred-a-thons for this year’s National Consumer Protection Week.
National Consumer Protection Week, March 4-10 is a coordinated campaign to encourage consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and to make better-informed decisions. This year, the Attorney General is also partnering with the Rhode Island Community Food Bank in asking the public to bring a non-perishable food item when they drop off their documents.
Locally, the shred-a-thon will be at the Warwick Mall on Tuesday, March 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“It is very important that consumers are well-informed and proactive so that they can protect themselves from fraud,” said Kilmartin in a statement. “Year-round, our office helps to educate Rhode Island consumers so they can better protect their privacy, manage finances, prevent identity theft and avoid scams and frauds. One of the best ways consumers can safeguard their personal information is by shredding documents that contain sensitive information, so we have partnered with Doc Shredding Corp and the Rhode Island Community Food Bank to hold shred-a-thons around the state while also helping our neighbors in need.”
The shred-a-thons are free and open to the public. All consumers are invited to drop off up to two “banker boxes” of confidential documents for shredding.
The secure shredding service is provided by Doc Shredding Corp. Their securely locked trucks will be at the shred-a-thon events. Consumers can load their documents on the truck and will receive a “certificate of destruction” from Doc Shredding, which certifies that all confidential materials collected will be handled and destroyed with the highest degree of security.
Recognizing the increased demand on food banks across the state, the Attorney General is asking participants to consider bringing a non-perishable food item for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Representatives from the Food Bank will be on-site to collect food items; most-needed food items include peanut butter, canned soups, stews and vegetables, dried or canned beans, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, tuna fish and nutritious cereal. More than 60,000 people now rely on the Rhode Island Community Food Bank’s statewide network of 163 emergency food pantries to help meet their basic food needs. Nearly one out of three persons served by the Food Bank is a child under the age of 18.
“Food banks in Rhode Island and throughout the country have seen a huge surge in demand with the difficult economy,” said Andrew Schiff, Rhode Island Community Food Bank CEO. “We greatly appreciate the Attorney General’s efforts to raise awareness, as well as much-needed food items, for the Food Bank in conjunction with this beneficial event for consumers.”