It was a good week for Care and Share, thanks in part to the patrons of a local gym.
The organization received 4,593 pounds of donated food -- nearly twice what it brought in during the whole month of March. Curves on Perkins Avenue donated 2,604 pounds of that.
"The good people of the area just keep on surprising me," executive director Dan Ward said. "It's just a great week from our contributors."
Ward was also preparing to deposit $3,426 in monetary contributions from the week.
With food valued at $1 per pound, that means Care and Share brought in $8,019 in contributions to be counted toward the Feinstein Foundation's national matching campaign.
Rhode Island philanthropist Alan Shawn Feinstein has pledged to split $1 million proportionally among participating food pantries based on how much they bring in during March and April.
Each organization can receive up to $40,000.
But more than 1,700 pantries took part last year, and they raised more than $150 million. So any group hoping for a significant boost from Feinstein will have to raise much more on their own.
Care and Share's regular hours are 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as 9-11 a.m. on Fridays.
For more information about contributing, call Care and Share at 419-624-1411.