'1 of 52' Artists Perform at 4th Annual Community Hunger Awareness Day

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The Hunger Task Force, a joint initiative of the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale and the URI Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America, is holding its fourth annual Community Hunger Awareness Day event on Thursday, June 3.

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The Hunger Task Force, a joint initiative of the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale and the URI Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America, is holding its fourth annual Community Hunger Awareness Day event on Thursday, June 3. The event will take place on the Village Green in Peace Dale from 5:00 – 7:00 PM (rain date is June 10).

The community is invited to join with neighbors at this event for food and fun to raise awareness of hunger in our community. Pizza and ice cream are being donated by local vendors. Bring along your own blankets and chairs for an evening of great music and food, all for free!

Music provided by members of the '1 of 52' Hunger Network will entertain the crowd. Their performances are part of the artists' annual participation in the grassroots '1 of 52' Hunger Network that unites actions in each of the 52 weeks of the year in each state. The network debuted in Rhode Island in 1988 and has '1 of 52' chapters started in 22 states to date. The vision is to have a national network of 52 artists, businesses, groups and every-day people in each state, all taking action in one week annually in support of existing hunger agencies. Learn more at http://www.1of52.net.

Headlining the show is the Westmoreland Street Jammers. These veteran musicians have rocked South County at community events, private parties and nightclubs since joining forces in 2006. Their signature big sound includes three lead guitar players, along with a full compliment of multiple vocalists, keyboard, bass and drums. The Westmoreland Street Jammers have been headlining the Hunger Awareness event as '1of 52' members every year since its inception.

Opening the show will be Lori & the Marties featuring well-known New England blues scene players Lori Urso, Marty Richards, and Peace Dale's favorite son, Marty Ballou. Richards and Ballou, have performed together for two decades as a celebrated blues rhythm section and are fresh off a national tour backing J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf. Richards also drums for the Joe Perry Project and the J. Geils Band. Ballou has toured for years as bassist for blues great John Hammond, and many other national blues and jazz greats. Urso is a celebrated blues recording artist and producer and long time '1 of 52' Hunger Network supporter.

There will also be a special guest performance by 15-year old songstress Santana Roberts of West Greenwich. Santana is a recipient of the 2010 "Voices For Hope" Scholarship, and their newest Ambassador. She will be performing "Time at the Table", written by Kay Pere and Bill Pere. The Pares are founders of the Local United Network to Combat Hunger and architects of Voices for Hope - collaboration between people and organizations to raise funds and awareness about homelessness.

The event also includes a food drive for the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale’s emergency food pantry. The food drive kicked off May 19 with a collection by businesses along Main Street in Wakefield organized by Wakefield’s Downtown Merchants Association. Look for posters and boxes in local venues. In addition, on the day of the event, attendees are asked to bring donations of non-perishable food to contribute to the Community Hunger Awareness Day food drive. For more information on the work of the Jonnycake Center of Peace dale, visit http://www.jonnycakecenter.org.

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