STARVING FOR HELP: Needy flock to R.I.’s overwhelmed food pantries

LOADING UP: Ric Wild, executive director at the Good Neighbors Inc. food pantry in East Providence, loads bags of food into a vehicle while volunteer Elaine Fredrick fills boxes. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS
LOADING UP: Ric Wild, executive director at the Good Neighbors Inc. food pantry in East Providence, loads bags of food into a vehicle while volunteer Elaine Fredrick fills boxes. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS
IT'S COMMON for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center Executive Director Heather Hole Strout to see adults and the elderly seeking food at the Newport center’s pantry. But on a recent day, she noticed a new age group: teenagers. “We typically don’t see kids shopping for their families alone and, in one hour, there…

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