When the final school bell rings in June, not all children are excited by the prospect of two months away from school. For the 49,000 children eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, summer can be a time of increased hunger. Many families find it difficult to fill the gap created by the loss of school meals.
On Wednesday, June 20, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank kicked off its Summer Food Drive in hopes of collecting an additional 150,000 pounds of food by Aug. 31 to ensure that no Rhode Islander goes hungry. A dozen trucks from local food businesses lined up to kick-start the effort with significant deliveries of nutritious food. Individuals and organizations can visit www.rifoodbank.org/SummerFoodDrive to learn more about how they can participate.
The Summer Food Drive is sponsored by Ocean State Job Lot, Galaxy Nutritional Foods and GoLocalProv.com. In addition, many local food distributors will make significant food donations to the Food Bank during the Summer Food Drive to help the Food Bank reach its 150,000-pound goal.
Businesses that supported the Summer Food Drive kick-off include AGAR, Bliss Bros. Dairy, Stop & Shop, Little Rhody Foods, Top This Fire-Grilled Pizza Crusts, Confreda Greenhouses & Farms, King’s Hawaiian, Autocrat, Mansfield Paper Company, Munroe Dairy, Pepsi Bottling Company and Roch’s Fresh Foods.