Newport Restaurant Group donated $52,838 to local food banks and nonprofit organizations working to build a sustainable, local food supply system through its holiday gift card program. The funds were collected through Newport Restaurant Group’s commitment to donate $2 from each gift card purchase made in 2021 at one of its 15 venues, which include 22 Bowen’s, Avvio Ristorante, Bar ‘Cino, Boat House, La Vecina, Castle Hill Inn, Hemenway’s, Iron Works, The Mooring, Papa Razzi Trattoria, Smoke House, Trio, Waterman Grille and Foodlove Market. The funds were donated to Aquidneck Community Table, Hope’s Harvest Rhode Island, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center and Rhode Island Community Food Bank, and Brookline Food Pantry and the Food Project in Massachusetts. “We’re so pleased to once again partner with so many wonderful organizations that focus on food insecurity,” said Paul O’Reilly, President and Chief Executive Officer, Newport Restaurant Group, in a statement. “Food is not only a basic human need; it also nourishes the mind and spirit. Throughout the season, food insecurity grows exponentially, and as a collection of restaurants, it is our honor and obligation to help provide sustenance for our neighbors in need during the holidays and beyond.” The annual program has raised almost $100,000 for area nonprofits since its inception in 2019.