News & Stories About the Food Bank

Telling Our Story

Check out these stories and news items highlighting the work of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and our member agencies.

Guest Columnist – Representative Julie Casimiro on GoLocal Prov

Representative Julie Casimiro recently sat down with Food Bank CEO, Andrew Schiff, to learn more about the challenges being faced by our food-insecure neighbors across the state. Representative Casimiro was moved to write an op-ed for GoLocal Prov, urging her constituents to support the Food Bank.

Read the op-ed in GoLocal Prov.

Resiliency Radio Hour with CPO, Lisa Roth Blackman

Our Chief Philanthropy Officer, Lisa Roth Blackman, was recently a guest on WBLQ 1230 am/103.1 FM’s Resiliency Radio Hour. In this episode, Lisa provides an overview of our work, including where we source food, how communities of color are disproportionately affected by food insecurity and how the Food Bank’s Healthy Habits team is providing essential nutrition education for underserved communities.

Listen to the full episode here, starting at the 2:50 mark:

Providence Journal Opinion Piece
by Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff 

Don’t go back to normal, Rhode Island

Read the Opinion piece from Rhode Island Community Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff recently published in The Providence Journal.

ecoRI News Highlights “Groundbreaking” Partnership

ecoRI News recently highlighted the collaborative efforts of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and our partners Farm Fresh RI, Hope’s Harvest and Franklin Farm Community Garden.

The Shutdown Through the Lens of a Food Pantry

Providence Journal columnist Mark Patinkin visited St Philip’s Food Pantry in Greenville to talk with guests about how they’ve been impacted by the COVID-19 public health pandemic.

Starving For Help

Providence Business News reports on the challenges faced by the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and its member agencies during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Food Stamps Don’t Go Far Enough

NBC10’s Katie Davis covered the release of the Food Bank’s 2019 Hunger Survey and find that, even with assistance from SNAP, many families struggle to put food on the table.

12 Gives Back Highlights Food Bank

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank was featured in WPRI 12’s monthly series 12 Gives Back which showcases people and organizations making a difference in the community.

Culinary Job Training  Program Celebrates 20 Years

Providence Monthly highlights the work of Community Kitchen in “Learning By Cooking.”

R.I. Food Bank Anticipates Greater Need Due to Government Shutdown

Changes in SNAP benefit distribution could increase the need for food assistance in RI. Check out the Providence Journal story.

Food Bank Receives $100,000 Grant from
Rhode Island Foundation

WPRI 12 announces $100,000 gift from Rhode Island Foundation to purchase food.

The Foundation’s gift to purchase food was featured on Telemundo Nueva Inglaterra.

Giving Tuesday

WPRI 12: New England Patriots’ McCourty Twins visit Food Bank on Giving Tuesday.

2018 Status Report Coverage

NBC10’s Katie Davis discusses how Rhode Islanders are still struggling even as the economy is thriving.

The Providence Journal visits a soup kitchen highlights how many Rhode Islanders are unable to make ends meet.

On GoLocalProv, Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff explains the Status Report and the impact of food insecurity on low-income families.

Cooking Up the Basics

RI Monthly highlighted our Community Kitchen culinary job training program and the successes & challenges of our students.

Savor Benefit Raises funds for culinary job training programs. Check out the photos in Rhode Island Monthly.

Taking Food from Hungry Rhode Islanders

Federal cuts to SNAP will impact Rhode Islanders in need. Read an editorial from Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff in The Providence Journal.

The Growing Problem of Hunger

Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff speaks with ABC6 News Anchor John DeLuca on 6 Questions. View the clip.

2017 Status Report Coverage

New England’s Poverty Capital

The Providence Journal editorial highlights the Food Bank’s Status Report on Hunger in RI and the challenges of addressing poverty in the state.

Poverty & Hunger Persist in Rhode Island

Listen to Rhode Island Public Radio’s Chuck Hinman discuss the Food Bank’s Status Report on Hunger in RI with CEO Andrew Schiff.

RI Facing Sharp Cuts to Food Stamps as Hunger Grows

Watch NBC 10’s coverage of the Status Report on Hunger in RI in this segment with Katie Davis.

Corporate Donors Contribute Food & Funds

The Food Bank relies on the support of corporate donors to meet the need in the community. Read the article in Providence Business News.

Food Pantry Shows Power of Community

Read State Representative Julie A. Casimiro’s op-ed about the need to see firsthand the importance of food pantries and meal sites in the lives of people they serve.

Keeping It Moving

Check out The Providence Journal‘s behind-the-scenes feature highlighting how the Food Bank moves more than 10 million pounds of food every year.

Managing Food Donations

The Providence Journal‘s Richard Salit chronicles how the Food Bank acquires and distributes enough food to serve 59,000 clients each month.

More Families Visit Food Banks

NBC 10’s Katie Davis reports on the challenges faced by clients whose food assistance benefits have been delayed.

Report Charts Hunger by Meals Missed

The Providence Journal reports on the Food Bank’s 2016 Status Report on Hunger. Even with benefits and other assistance, many families still don’t have enough to eat.

Rhode Island is Still Going Hungry

Read the story by Ellen Liberman in Rhode Island Monthly.

Ending Hunger in Rhode Island

Read the opinion piece by Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff featured in The Providence Journal.

Strengthening Community

The Food Bank and other organizations collaborate to improve the quality of life in our community. Check out the story in Providence Business News.

Food Bank Honors Patriots’ Robert Kraft on ESPN

At the ESPN Humanitarian Awards, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank was featured in a video honoring New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft for his philanthropy.

Summer Food Drive Critical for Food Donations

Read the article in The Warwick Beacon.

Food Bank Summer News

Listen to the segment on Cumulus Community on WPRO Radio to find out what’s happening this summer. Topics include the Summer Food Drive, Summer Meals Program and Hunger Action Month.

Food Bank Among Non-Profits Expressing Need for Grants

Read the article on the State’s legislative grant program in the Providence Business News.

Truck Stop Event Raises $132,000 for the Food Bank

Read the article in Providence Business News.

Check out Social Snaps in The Providence Journal.

Three Square Meals

Ocean State Job Lot donated 2 truckloads of food to the Food Bank. Check out the photo gallery.

Canstruction Donates 30,000 lbs of food

Check out the article in the Cranston Herald.

NOTHING Campaign

Learn more about our award-winning campaign to raise awareness and funds to fight hunger in Rhode Island.