“We want to help people; that’s the most important thing to us, each and every day.”
James Wojtyto gets emotional when he thinks about Rhode Islanders struggling to meet their basic needs. “Nobody should go hungry” he says, “In my house, we always had plenty of food.” He hates to think of kids going to school with empty stomachs or families without a place to call home.
Even though she was born and raised in Philadelphia, Rhode Island always held a special place in Natalie “Tally” Kampen’s heart.
When Tally passed away last year, her estate plans included a generous bequest to support the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Though a modest donor in her lifetime, including the Food Bank as a beneficiary of her will allowed Tally to make a significant and long-term impact on our efforts to alleviate hunger in Rhode Island.
Will and Catherine O'Reilly Collette deeply understand the importance of playing a role in the well-being of our neighbors in need. As social activists, they support organizations fighting poverty. "I'm a lifetime organizer, and it's always been important for us to help those on the front lines working for social change," explains Will.
Donna Lee has been involved with the world of food for most of her life. She grew up in Nebraska and Iowa and studied food journalism at Iowa State. She was food editor at the Boston Herald and later went on to become food editor for The Providence Journal Bulletin from 1982 until she retired in 2001. Donna's husband, Christopher DelSesto, is a native Rhode Islander and was Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Johnson & Wales University before he retired.