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R.I. Food Bank report: Hunger in state worse than during pandemic

PROVIDENCE – Food insecurity has gotten worse in Rhode Island this past year than it was during the COVID-19 pandemic, mostly due to inflation...
THE RHODE ISLAND COMMUNITY Food Bank released Monday its annual Status Report on Hunger in Rhode Island, which notes that racial inequities and food insecurity remain high. Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff, pictured, feels the COVID-19 pandemic made things worse for communities of color. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

R.I. food bank: Food insecurity, racial inequities still problematic

PROVIDENCE – As Rhode Island’s economy gradually recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity remains high, affording adequate food is still a challenge for...

RIPHI’s Food on the Move launches fourth mobile market

CENTRAL FALLS – The Rhode Island Public Health Institute’s Food on the Move program has added another location to its mobile produce market. The organization...
Andrew Schiff / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

5 questions with Andrew Schiff

5Q: Andrew Schiff | CEO, Rhode Island Community Food Bank 1. Has the need for food and support increased or decreased this year? During...

A plan to squash food insecurity

The U.S. Department of Agriculture in October is set to permanently increase the value of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits by 25% above pre-pandemic...

McKee opposes levy on sugary beverages; PPP tax threshold under review

PROVIDENCE - Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Tuesday said he opposes legislation in the General Assembly calling for a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on bottled and...
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Sugary drinks tax benefits R.I.’s vulnerable

Equitable access to healthy food is one of the most important values driving my work as the general manager of Urban Greens Food Co-op....
GROWING NEED: Rhode Island Community Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff has seen the number of individuals needing food increase from 53,000 to 68,000 people per month since March. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

R.I. Community Food Bank has a full plate in combating COVID-19...

While the Rhode Island Community Food Bank’s work is critical year after year to people in need, that work has reached a new level...

Burrillville woman pleads to falsely obtaining $16K in SNAP benefits

PROVIDENCE – A Burrillville woman received a five-year deferred sentence and was ordered to repay $16,402 to the state after she pleaded no contest...
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

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

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...
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