The Rhode Island Community Food Bank has declared September “Hunger Action Month.” As a member of the Feeding America nationwide network, the Food Bank hopes to inspire people to take action and raise awareness to address hunger in our community.
According to Food Bank statistics, 60,000 Rhode Islanders seek food assistance each month, nearly one-third of them children. Through our network of 160 member agencies from Westerly to Woonsocket, clients are able to access food and other services to help stock their shelves.
“Individuals and families across the state need assistance from food pantries and meal sites all year long,” said Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff. “And that requires each of us to pitch in to donate food or funds or help raise awareness so that no one in Rhode Island goes hungry.”
The Food Bank is asking Rhode Islanders to help. Here’s how:
Donate Food. Host a food drive at your business, school, organization or place of worship. Food can be delivered to the Food Bank Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. For more information, visit rifoodbank.org/fooddrives
Donate Funds. For every dollar we receive, we are able to purchase $3 worth of food to help feed our neighbors in need. You can make an online gift securely through our website at rifoodbank.org/donate
Attend An Event. You can attend a number of events throughout the month including our Empty Bowls fundraiser on September 23. For an updated list of happenings, go to www.rifoodbank.org/events.