Eurest Cares Volunteers Plant Trees, Cultivate New Partnership

June 27, 2024

There is something uniquely special about the moment a tree finds its place in the earth, its roots spreading out to anchor it for generations to come. That sense of promise and growth filled the air as volunteers from Eurest, Citizens Bank and The Plant-It Food Co. gathered along the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council Greenway in Johnston, R.I. to plant 30 new native trees and shrubs.

It’s a fitting way to continue the strong partnership between Eurest and Citizens Bank as they grow roots of their own introducing The Plant-It Food Co., an innovative plant-based protein, at the Citizens campus in Johnston, Rhode Island. The plant-based chicken alternative will be offered as a protein option throughout many Eurest recipes.

Eurest Executive Chef Gio Ricci and The Plant-It Food Co’s Global Culinary Leader Patrick Clement joined together for a Chef’s Table at Citizens to celebrate the launch. Chef Patrick of the Irish-based, family-owned The Plant-It Food Co. was instrumental in the research and development of the product.

The launch on Citizens’ campus is a significant step as Eurest further develops its plant-forward strategy.

The Plant-It Food Co. supports tree planting and reforestation projects where their products are available. And on this day, more than 50 volunteers, in collaboration with the Arbor Day Foundation, Woonasquatucket River Rangers, 15-Minute Field Trips and the RI Mycological Society, lent their hands and hearts to beautify the ‘Woony’ Greenway. Together, they gave a new home to 30 Yellow Birch and White Pine trees, as well as Mountain Laurel shrubs.

According to Bryan O’Donnell of the Arbor Day Foundation, today marked the most important part of the trees’ lives: being planted. “Three different companies came together today to plant a tree, and now everyone has a place they can come, and that they were a part of starting.”

Citizens and The Plant-It Food Co. share Eurest’s commitment to Food with Purpose. These commitments were on full display in Johnston, along with grit, dirt and a lot of digging that will leave a lasting impact on the environment and the community.