Partnership Brings Much Needed Food to Seniors

Older adults make up a large portion of the people in our state experiencing food insecurity. That’s why the Food Bank recently formed a strategic partnership with Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island, welcoming the organization as one of our newest food pantry members.

Meals on Wheels delivers 1,300 meals a day to RI seniors and offers an in-person congregate meal site. Thanks to our partnership, bags of non-perishable food are now delivered monthly along with prepared meals to clients with the greatest need.

The pantry is also open weekly to neighbors at the meal site. The organization plans to expand the mobile pantry’s reach as part of their strategic plan.

“Our mobile food pantry is reaching our senior clients who cannot access traditional food pantries,” says Shana DeFelice, Programs & Mission Impact Director. “It’s been so well received. The bags are coming in the middle of the month, when money is tight and groceries are running out.”