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Celebrate National Reading Month

Last year, the number of visitors to Rhode Island food pantries increased 21% to over 63,000. Financial hardships continue for so many of our neighbors due to higher rent, utility bills, rising food costs, and other inflationary pressures.

An important part of our mission is to raise awareness about the food insecurity crisis in our state, as well as bringing dignity to a stigmatized social and economic issue. With tens of thousands of children impacted by a parent's inability to meet basic food needs, it's important to us to try to fill the gap as best we can.


Contest Details & Rules

  • Open to all RI public elementary school students grades 2-5

  • Write a 500 word (maximum) essay discussing:

If you could meet your favorite book character, who would it be & what

would you talk about?

  • The author of the winning essay will:

    • win a food pantry for their school provided by Plates With Purpose

    • receive a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble

    • have his/her essay published on our website and included in our May newsletter.

  • Winner will be chosen and notified by email on or before Friday, April 21, 2023

Essays will be judged by a committee made up of the Plates with Purpose team along with Andrea O’Hearn from Enrollment Edge International, LLC and Temi-Tope Adeleye of NBC 10 News.

Submit Your Essay
by April 1, 2023 (8 p.m.)

Thank You! Your essay has been submitted. We will notify the winning author by April 23, 2022.

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