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Rhode Island Community Food Bank will begin delivering boxes of food to low-income seniors. That’s thanks to the expansion of a federal program for seniors in need, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

Boxes of canned fruit and vegetables, cereal, pasta and other items will be delivered to low income elderly Rhode Islanders starting this summer. Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) helped secure federal funding to bring the US Department of Agriculture nutrition program for poor seniors to Rhode Island and six other states.

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This month, the number of Rhode Islanders seeking help from a statewide network of food pantries has declined. It’s the first decline, says Rhode Island Community Food Bank spokeswoman Cindy Elder, since the beginning of the economic recession in 2008.

“It’s not quite a reason to rejoice because we’re still really at remarkable high levels of need for food assistance.”

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As 2013 comes to a close, it’s time to count our blessings … and a time to look back at the tragedies that struck around the world. The typhoon in the Philippines, a coup in the Central African Republic, the worsening civil war in Syria. In the wake of those crises, millions of children are going hungry and becoming malnourished. But there is a bright spot – and it starts in Providence, where a nonprofit is making a product that can help reverse the crippling effects of malnutrition.

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Employees at a Rhode Island company are working through the holiday to bring much-needed relief to the Philippines. Edesia manufactures food supplements and a peanut butter paste called Plumpy Nut that reverses the effects of malnutrition. Founder Navyn Salem says the disaster in the Philippines has put many children at risk of malnutrition, and many are starving. So they’ll be working almost around the clock to prepare shipments.

US Dept. of Agriculture

Rhode Island is getting a boost from the US Department of Agriculture to help attract more kids in need to its summer food program. The USDA’s goal is to increase participation by 10 percent.

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