Extreme poverty, hard times and a few bad choices landed Jeff Henderson in prison for nearly a decade. While incarcerated, Henderson – now known as “Chef Jeff” in Hollywood circles – discovered a passion for cooking and helping others that enabled him to rise above his past. He will share his story as keynote speaker at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank’s 30th Anniversary Luncheon at noon on Wednesday, May 9, at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
The event honors the individuals, organizations, businesses and community groups that have made it possible for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank to provide emergency food assistance to Rhode Islanders for 30 years.
“Chef Jeff’s story reminds us that people can climb out of hard times if they’re given a hand up,” said Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff. “He may have grown up in South Central Los Angeles, but his story rings true here in Rhode Island, where the recession has failed to loosen its grip on the most vulnerable members of our community.”
The Food Bank’s 30th Anniversary Luncheon is made possible by a broad base of corporate and community supporters, including signature sponsor Stop & Shop. Citizens Bank sponsored Chef Jeff’s participation in the event. Tickets are available for $100 per person at www.rifoodbank.org/30thAnniversary or by calling 942-6325. All proceeds benefit the Food Bank.