Community dinner brings hunger awareness to legislators


Rhode Island legislators have been invited to a “Community Dinner at the State House” on Wednesday, May 9 at 3 p.m. The event will take place on the second floor at the entrance to the Governor’s Reception Room. The event is an opportunity for legislators, food pantry volunteers and food pantry customers to enjoy a meal together as neighbors and friends.

Hunger is a constant companion to the families of many who are working poor or unemployed. Not all hungry people are homeless. For these families, food pantries have become a valuable resource. This event may help bring this to the attention of the legislators.

Chef Dave Rocheleau and the Johnson & Wales University students have accepted a challenge to demonstrate that rescued/after market food can be turned into a healthful feast. The event is sponsored by We Share Hope, Inc., a Rhode Island non-profit food distribution organization in conjunction with several food pantries in Providence, Cranston and Warwick, and a student group from Brown University.

A special feature of the meal is the “Cornell Recipe” Rolls, made in the Johnson & Wales kitchen. These are high protein, low fat, low sodium, complex carbohydrate breads made with recipes developed by Cornel University during the great depression of the 1930s. They are made for people with long-term reliance on food pantries.

“We are pleased that we have so many volunteers helping out. Rhode Islanders are people of good character who don’t let friends and neighbors go hungry,” said Rev. Gene Dyszlewski, a We Share Hope Board Member.


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