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Buy a Bar to Help Save Chocolateville

A chocolate bar to benefit Central Falls


Can a chocolate bar be good for kids? It can when it’s part of an effort to help their community. Once upon a time, the struggling city of Central Falls was known as Chocolateville, as it was a center of the product’s production. Nowadays, Andrew Shotts, the world-class chocolatier behind Garrison Confections, is the only producer still in town, and he’s joined up with Leadership Rhode Island Executive Director Mike Ritz to create the “Save Chocolateville” dark chocolate bar, which will be sold at Whole Foods University Heights (601 North Main St.) from February 7 until Easter, with proceeds to benefit projects to help children in Central Falls. Ritz calls it the “first taste” of a one- to three-year initiative he’s launching to engage and improve the community. Buy a bar at Whole Foods (and see why Shotts is internationally revered as a master chocolatier) or at City Hall during the annual I Heart Providence celebration on February 9 from 6-9pm. If you’d like to be more hands-on to “Save Chocolateville,” attend the launch party at Whole Foods on February 7 from 5-7pm to help wrap the bars and participate in community discussions on how to help Central Falls.