One Woman's Gift Does Make a Difference

Natalie KampenEven though she was born and raised in Philadelphia, Rhode Island always held a special place in Natalie "Tally" Kampen's heart.

When Tally passed away, her estate plans included a generous bequest to support the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Though a modest donor in her lifetime, including the Food Bank as a beneficiary of her will allowed Tally to make a significant and long-term impact on our efforts to alleviate hunger in Rhode Island.

"[Rhode Island] was the place where she…really came into her own as a scholar," said her sister Susan Udin. "It was where she could go to the beach, which she loved; keep her horse and ride in the lovely woods; and grow her wonderful flowers. It was where she made deep and long-lasting friendships."

Dr. Kampen was a pioneering feminist scholar and teacher of Roman Art History and Gender Studies. She received her PhD from Brown University and taught Art History at the University of Rhode Island for nearly twenty years. She was most recently a visiting professor of Roman Art and Architecture at Brown. She was widely regarded as one of the world's most notable experts on the history of the Roman provinces.

Tally's friends and family describe her as generous in spirit with a strong social conscience. "In all her pursuits…Tally's generosity was extraordinary. She was famous for nurturing lifelong friendships," described friend Helene Foley.

The Food Bank is grateful for Tally's generosity, which allows us to get food into the hands of those who need it most, helping to ensure that future generations of Rhode Islanders will grow up healthy — not hungry. We are honored that she chose the Food Bank as a place to give back to the community that meant so much to her.

By including the Food Bank in her estate plans, Tally became a member of our 1982 Benefactors' Society, which recognizes and honors those who have taken a stand against hunger by including the Food Bank in their will or estate plan.

For more information about how you can support the Food Bank through your estate, please contact Karen Fuller at (401) 230-1676 or