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R.I. group pledges to match donations

A dollar begets a dollar when it comes to fighting hunger once again this year.

Rhode Island's Feinstein Foundation has pledged for the sixth year in a row to match up to $1 million donated to every organization helping to fight hunger, which includes the Salt Lake City Mission, until April 30.

The idea comes from Rhode Island philanthropist Alan Shawn Feinstein, founder of the Center for Hunger Free America at the University of Rhode Island and the Feinstein International Famine Center at Tufts University.

Other organizations joining the mission are The Eagle Ranch and Feed the Poor.

"This matching program is a wonderful way for the community to contribute more to the homeless and hungry of our city," said Philip Arena, director of development at the Salt Lake City Mission. The nondenominational Christian mission provides the homeless, disadvantaged and chemically dependant dependent in the Intermountain area with long-term recovery programs, food, clothing and biblical counseling and guidance.