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.”
The Rhode Island Community Food Bank is out with its annual report on hunger. It shows the recession is still playing a very large role in the lives of Ocean State residents.
The Rhode Island Community Food Bank is now serving 68-thousand people a month, up three percent from a year ago and an all-time high. At the same time, food donations are down by nearly two million pounds, said Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff.