Advocate for Change

Make Your Voice Heard

When the opportunity arises, the Food Bank advocates for local legislation that will improve the quality of life for those in need of food assistance.

Take a moment to help us advocate for change. Below you’ll find contact information for Rhode Island’s Congressional Delegation as well as a list of email addresses for members of the General Assembly.

Healthy School Meals for All Kids

For two years during the pandemic, public schools received federal funds to provide lunch and breakfast to all students free of charge. Several New England states, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont, have continued this program with state funding after the federal program ended in September 2022. This has ensured that their students have access to the nutritious food necessary for good health and academic achievement.

In Rhode Island, parents must once again pay for school meals based on household income, despite 41% of households with children facing food insecurity.

The Food Bank was part of a coalition of advocates working to pass Healthy School Meals for All legislation for the 2023—2024 school year. While this legislation didn’t pass this year, we continue to believe in the importance of universal school meals and will continue to advocate for this change.

How to Contact Rhode Island’s Elected Officials

Ask our elected officials to prioritize addressing hunger in our state. Reach out using the contact information below.

Use the Secretary of State’s Voter Information Center to find your members of the General Assembly.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Donate Food

Learn how you can start a food drive to benefit the Food Bank. See a list of needed food and download posters and materials.

Start a Drive

Host a Virtual Fundraiser

Set up an online fundraiser to raise money with your friends, family, or colleagues.

Learn More


We welcome small groups for select weekday shifts. Learn more and find out how to sign up.

Volunteer Opportunities