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Sunday, July 12, 2020

RI Food Bank re-opens kids' meal program

Kids Cafe Meal Program Returns 

The Kids Cafe at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank provides meals to children in collaboration with community organizations like the East Providence Boys & Girls Club and the Pawtucket YMCA. When the COVID-19 public health pandemic first hit, sites were closed and the program was put on hold until it was safe for kids to return.

As a result, many families lost access to a daily healthy meal for their kids. Now that childcare centers and summer program sites have reopened, Kids Cafe is back in action with the chefs of the Food Bank's Community Kitchen preparing a fresh afternoon meal for participating kids every weekday.

Learn more about our Kids Cafe program at the Pawtucket YMCA in this story from our Winter/Spring newsletter. 

The Latest Numbers from our
Response to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 public health crisis continues, the Food Bank is working to meet the increased demand for food assistance in our communities. Thanks to the support of our generous donors, we're working to provide our member agencies with enough healthy food to make sure that no one goes hungry.

Since the start of the pandemic, food distribution has increased 45% compared to the same time period last year (March through June).

We have distributed 20,555 Meals4Kids boxes containing one week's worth of shelf-stable breakfast, lunches and snacks for young people.

In collaboration with FEMA and the RI Emergency Management Agency, we have given out individual and family meal boxes through towns and municipalities totaling nearly 300,000 meals.

As we move into summer, we will have even more access to fresh, healthy produce through our community gardens and local as well as national farm businesses. Our team will work with food pantries and meal sites around the state to ensure that guests receive these fruits and vegetables.

For all of the updated information on our response during this crisis, visit the COVID-19 page on our website.

And thank you for your continued support. 

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