Mar 25, 2014


Mount Saint Charles Academy Hosted an Acoustic Coffee House to Raise Money for Hunger

Category: News Room
Posted by: Craig

Mount Saint Charles Academy Hosted an Acoustic Coffee House to Raise Money for Hunger

            Woonsocket – On Thursday, March 20th, from 7-9pm, Mount Saint Charles hosted an acoustic coffee house for grades 9-12 with eight musical acts featuring MSC students, teachers, and staff. Several local bakeries including Wright's Dairy Farm, Gaetano's Bakery, The Littlest Cupcake, and Ray and Dick's Bakery donated the sweet treats. The Coffee Cubby in Manville donated the coffee and servers. All proceeds from the event benefited Pass the Plate: A Fight to Feed, an organization founded by high school students (including two students from Mount), which strives to provide food security to those in need. With the help of MSC teacher, John Guevremont, the night was a huge success. Pass the Plate raised close to $500 and collected 55 canned good donations from the coffee house for the Rhode Island Food Bank.

    Pass the Plate: A Fight to Feed was co-founded by MSC students Trisha Bhatia of Bellingham, MA and Maddy Kilburn of Franklin, MA and their friends Aishwarya Bhadouria from Bellingham, MA and Nikki Shekhar from Medway, MA. Bernadette Charland of North Scituate, RI and Spencer Darveau of North Smithfield, RI, both Mount students, serve as the organization's Rhode Island consultants.

    Trisha Bhatia, co-founder, said, "Our mission is to help those suffering from hunger while raising awareness to the issue. As high school students, we aim to motivate our peers to give to the community. We started this organization to do something meaningful with our lives."

    The initial idea for Pass the Plate came when Bhatia attended a forum during the summer of 2013 where she found herself inspired to do something that would help people and make a difference in the world. After also volunteering at different food banks, she knew she wanted to start an organization for hunger. Bhatia said, "I knew I had to get people that would be right for the job. So I chose my closest friends who I thought would be willing, caring, and independent enough to help me start this." With the support of their parents, these dedicated high school students were able to turn the idea of Pass the Plate: A Fight to Feed into a reality.

    Pass the Plate is currently partnered with the Greater Boston Food Bank. Their future plans include attending the National Anti-Hunger Conference in Washington, DC, giving presentations at local elementary schools about hunger in our society, continuing to collect food at various places throughout the community, and developing a partnership with the Rhode Island Food Bank.

    More  information on Pass the Plate: A Fight to Feed can be found by visiting their Facebook page or on their website, To see a full album of pictures from the acoustic coffee house, please visit