Feeding Our Rhode Island Community Neighbors in Need
Since 1982, with your support, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank has been distributing millions of pounds of food to those in need of assistance through our network of member agencies across the state.
Hunger Facts & Figures
Rhode Island families are experiencing hunger at a staggering rate. The Food Bank works tirelessly to keep up with the demand for food assistance created by food inflation, the end of many pandemic-related benefits and increased cost of living across the board.
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Learn more about our work in our annual publications, highlighting the need for food assistance in Rhode Island and how we innovate to continue to meet the need. You’ll also meet some of our donors, guests and agency partners.
What We Do
The Food Bank distributes food to people in need through a state-wide network of 143 member agencies, providing nutritious pantry staples, fresh produce, meats, dairy and culturally relevant foods to Rhode Islanders experiencing food insecurity. Equipped with a 77,000-square-foot facility, a fleet of trucks and a professional staff, the Food Bank safely and efficiently solicits, collects, stores and distributes large quantities of food from many sources.
The Food Bank is a private, nonprofit organization located in Providence, RI. It is governed by a Board of Directors, elected annually by the Food Bank’s member agencies. The Food Bank is affiliated with Feeding America, the national food bank organization. The Food Bank is funded primarily by gifts from individuals, corporate donations, foundation grants and some government funding.
Who we serve
- 66% of households that visit food pantries include a child (0-17 yrs old) or senior (65+ yrs old)
- 45% of respondents report being in poor or fair health (as opposed to good, very good, or excellent)
- 69% of households with children have an employed adult yet 89% live below the poverty line
- 75% of respondents are enrolled in SNAP (which the USDA plans to cut, leaving 11,000 Rhode Islanders without food assistance including 5,000 children)
*Data from the 2019 Hunger Survey, a collaborative effort between the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute at Brown University, identifying demographic details of households impacted by hunger in Rhode Island.
About Our Member Agencies
Our member agencies are our “boots on the ground” in distributing food to those who need it the most.
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