“Hunger doesn’t take a vacation during the summer. Our member agencies continue to serve 59,000 clients each month.” said Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff, “Yet, food donations generally go down once the weather gets warm. That’s why our Summer Food Drive is so critical to ensure that no one in Rhode Island goes hungry.”
Summer Food Drive Chair Andy Moffit, First Gentleman of Rhode Island, put out a call to action: “As a community, we must come together to ensure that everyone has enough food to eat, especially during the summer when children miss out on the meals they normally receive at school. Our neighbors need our support to help them from going hungry.”
The public is invited to pick up food drive posters and collection bins at the Food Bank on any weekday (except holidays) between 8 am and 4 pm. Financial donations also support the Summer Food Drive. Each dollar donated enables the Food Bank to provide three pounds of nutritious food. Donations can be made online atwww.rifoodbank.org.
Sponsors for this year’s Summer Food Drive include PGE Credit Union and Twin River. The Food Bank’s statewide network of 160 food pantries and meal sites now serves 59,000 people every month, up from 33,000 in 2007. One in three served by the Food Bank is a child under the age of 18.
For more information on the Food Bank, visit www.rifoodbank.org
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