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Toll Gate senior uses senior project to help those in need

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By Alana Cerrone

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WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) - Vinny Arsenault turned his senior project into a mobile food pantry.

He was given the assignment to create anything he wanted – and he and his mom decided it should somehow be used to help others.

Then was born the Conimicut Can Cupboard.

“They can just get a bag and fill to their heart's content," said Arsenault.

He built the structure, then stocked just two shelves. He returned the next day to fill the rest, but others had beat him to it.

That's because Arsenault's mom posted it to Facebook to try to spread the word. And it worked.

Robin Arsenault says proud doesn't begin to describe how she feels about her son. She's also blown away by those who've donated. "This is only a success because of the community. I'm thankful."

As for Vinny, he's remaining pretty humble.

"I'm not a master carpenter so the doors might be a little off but I guess its what’s on the inside that counts, which is a lot."

Right now the cupboard is at the corner of Beach Ave. and West Shore Rd.

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