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9/13/2017 House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan to Present Ocean State Job Lot with Citation for Annual ‘Three Square Meals’ Event
STATE HOUSE  --  House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan (R-District 26 Coventry, Warwick, West Warwick) will attend the annual Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation’s “Three Square Meals” kick-off event on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. at Job Lot’s North Kingstown headquarters. 
This is the retailer's 40th anniversary and they will be celebrating it with the Grand Opening of Job Lot’s new 600,000 square foot distribution center. Representative Morgan will present a citation to Job Lot’s owners, Marc and Alan Perlman, in celebration of this year’s events.
“Ocean State Job Lot is a great Rhode Island story.  Two brothers, who are U.R.I. grads founded this company, which has been a great corporate citizen for many years.  The company, which relies on trucks to transport goods, deserves a good economic environment, in which it can continue to flourish.  I, for one, want to help this company, and others like Ocean State Job Lot, find a business home here in our state, where all can grow and add well-paying, year-round jobs to our economy,” Rep. Morgan added.  
"September is Hunger Action Month.  For years, Job Lot has organized a September truck convoy loaded with tons of nutritious food to help needy families throughout our region.  This is an important and worthwhile event to call attention to hunger in our area and I am excited to participate..  I will be there with the company’s employees, family and friends, cheering on a convoy of 25 Ocean State Job Lot tractor trailer trucks packed with food for hungry families, as they head out to the region’s food banks,” said Rep. Morgan. 
According to Ocean State Job Lot, each tractor trailer will be loaded with approximately 40,000 pounds of nutritious, shelf-stable food.  It will be the first installment of nearly 8 million total pounds to be donated throughout 2017-2018 . That is the equivalent of 10,400,000 meals.
Three Square Meals is a hunger relief program of the Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation, whose mission is to alleviate the growing food crisis in the Northeast region. The program provides nutritious, shelf-stable food distributed each year to Food Banks within the states where Job Lot’s 127 retail stores are located: Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York and New Jersey.
Three Square Meals Program funds are raised annually through a combination of in-store customer donations, contributions from the Job Lot business community, as well as matching funds from Job Lot’s Charitable Foundation. Beginning in January, food items such as pasta, cereal, canned vegetables and fruit, soup, tuna, dried beans, and rice are purchased by Job Lot, warehoused at our Rhode Island corporate headquarters, and delivered by truckload to the Food Banks throughout the year for distribution to local pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, churches and other food-based organizations. 100% of all funds generated are used to purchase food, making the Three Square Meals program the largest and most productive meal assistance program of its kind in the region

For more information, contact:
Raina C. Smith, House Minority Office
State House Room 106
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2259