IBA drive to benefit local food pantry

| 28 Sep 2011 | 03:01

    Warwick — The term “community” is used in many contexts and can be demonstrated by a wide range of actions. Perhaps none is more important than helping those who are less fortunate and in need of assistance. The Warwick Independent Business Alliance is a “business to community” organization that is putting this principle into action in conjunction with their “Second Saturday” promotion. On the second Saturday on November, community members that join the Warwick IBA will be helping those in need. Memberships will be accepted between 5 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12. For each $25 membership fee, $10 will be donated to the Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry. The Warwick IBA is a grassroots organization with membership open to community members as well as local, independent businesses. It works to raise awareness of the value and importance of supporting local businesses. One of the key features of community membership is the “Community Benefits Card” which offers discounts and incentives with a growing list of Warwick IBA business members. The “Second Saturday” campaign originated in response to the request for later shopping hours in downtown Warwick. At this time, 16 businesses have committed to remaining open until 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12. For more information, visit www.warwickiba.org.