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September 2013

What Can You Do?

September is Hunger Action Month. Side by side with hunger relief agencies across the country, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank is urging the public to respond to the issue of hunger in a very personal way.

As a member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks, we know that hunger affects communities across the United States. In Rhode Island, our network of emergency food programs now feeds more than 68,000 people every month. One in three is a child under the age of 18.

We need everyone's help if we are to continue distributing nearly 10 million pounds of food each year. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Organize a food drive: click here for helpful ideas.
  • Advocate for hungry Rhode Islanders: click here to find out how.
  • Organize a benefit event for the Food Bank: click here for suggestions.
  • Join Women Ending Hunger: click here for more information.
  • Attend a Food Bank event: click here for the latest events and fundraisers.

    One Kid Can! Helping the Hungry:
    A Toolkit for Kids and Young Adults

    In honor of Hunger Action Month, we created "One Kid Can! Helping the Hungry: A Toolkit for Kids and Young Adults."

    This 20-page booklet provides ideas, tools and information to help children of all ages make a difference in the lives of those who are having a hard time getting enough healthy food for their families.

    The Food Bank regularly hears from young people who want to make a difference in the lives of Rhode Islanders who are struggling to put food on the table. We've been amazed at the creative and thoughtful ideas they've put into motion.

    We've also heard from many parents and educators that they'd like to get their kids and students involved in helping others.

    Download the kit as a pdf here or, if you prefer to download it as a Word file, click here for the Word file. For more information about the One Kid Can Toolkit, contact Cindy Elder at 401-230-1674 or celder@rifoodbank.org.

    Look for us at Farmers Markets!

    The Food Bank will also distribute free copies of the booklet at several farmers’ markets during September. Look for our table at the following locations:

    • Monday, Sept. 16, 3-5 pm: Whole Foods University Heights, 601 North Main St., Providence
    • Tuesday, Sept. 17, 3-6 pm: Downtown Farmers Market, Kennedy Plaza, Providence
    • Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2-5 pm: Haines Park, Haines Park Rd., Barrington
    • Thursday, Sept. 19, 3:30-5 pm, Armory Farmers Market, Parade St. and Hudson St., Providence
    • Tuesday, Sept. 24, 3-5 pm: Whole Foods Garden City, 151 Sockanosset Cross Rd., Cranston
    • Wednesday, Sept. 25, 3-6 pm: Hope Street Farmers Market, Lippitt Park, Providence
    • Monday, Sept. 30, 3-6 pm: East Greenwich Farmers Market, Church St. and Rector St., East Greenwich

    Thanks for doing your part to help hungry Rhode Islanders!