Rhode Island Community Food Bank

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The 2017 Status Report on Hunger in Rhode Island is out on Monday. It's an annual report from the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Andrew Schiff, CEO of the Food Bank, discussed the findings of the report with RIPR's Chuck Hinman. According to Schiff, the report highlights a continuing hunger problem in the state. 


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Low income Rhode Islanders who seek help from emergency food banks are still going hungry. That’s according to a new report from the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. 

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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.”

Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

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.