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Saturday, June 28, 2014

RI Community Food Bank launches 2014 Summer Food Drive


June 27 - Aug. 31 ~ Goal: 150,000 LBS
From The RI Community Food Bank

We need your help to put food on the table for thousands of families this summer. Please help us by conducting a food drive in your neighborhood, business or organization. We'll provide the posters, collections bins and information packets. Thank you!

To make a financial donation to our Summer Food Drive, click here.



Summer is an especially hard time for families with children. In Rhode Island, 50,500 children are eligible to receive free or reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches. For many of these children, there is no meal program to replace those they would have received at school.

The Summer Food Drive helps struggling families during the summer months and enables the Food Bank to continue providing food to emergency food programs across the state. We are calling on the community to help us meet the high demand by collecting 150,000 pounds of food by the end of August.

Join the effort by dropping off food donations to the Food Bank's facility at 200 Niantic Avenue, Providence, any weekday between 8 am and 5 pm. If you would like to organize a food drive in your workplace or neighborhood, we can provide posters and boxes to support your collection. For more information, contact Farris Maxwell at (401) 230-1690.

Our most needed items:
  • Protein
  • Peanut butter
  • Tuna
  • Canned and dried beans
  • Canned chili, soups and stews
  • Carbohydrates
  • Nutritious breakfast cereals
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Brown rice
  • Boxed macaroni & cheese
  • Granola bars
  • Cheese & cracker packages
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Dried fruit
  • Tomato sauce
  • Jams and jelly
  • Miscellaneous
  • Extra virgin olive oil
Foods six months past their expiration are not accepted. Also, no homemade products or glass jars of baby food, please. Boxed cereals and formula are welcome if unopened and within date code.