Credit Unions of Rhode Island Supporting Rhode Island Community Food Bank in February with “Credit Union Casual Day”

  • BY: CCUA STAFF
  • February 11 2019

Even in the midst of Rhode Island’s current economic prosperity, hunger is more prevalent now in the Ocean State than it was 10 years ago. In the aftermath of the government shutdown last month, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank (Food Bank) fears that more families unexpectedly are experiencing a food hardship and will visit its food pantries and meal sites soon. In an effort to help local Rhode Islanders attain a basic necessity in life – food - the Credit Unions of Rhode Island Social Responsibility Committee is working in conjunction with the Rhode Island Treasurer’s Office to help replenish much needed food supplies for the Food Bank.

The Credit Unions of Rhode Island will participate in a statewide “Credit Union Casual Day” for staff on Friday, February 15, 2019, to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. The suggested donation is $5.00 per employee and with a matching donation from each credit union, the amount would be doubled making a greater impact for financial support for the Food Bank. Staff members at the Rhode Island Treasurer’s Office and the Cooperative Credit Union Association will also take part in the effort.

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank seeks to improve the quality of life for all Rhode Islanders by advancing solutions to the problem of hunger. The Food Bank distributes food to people in need through a statewide network of 158-member agencies. These agencies include food pantries, meal sites, shelters, youth programs and senior centers. Each month, 53,000 struggling Rhode Islanders receive food assistance at these agencies. One in three served is a child under the age of 18, and one in five is over the age of 60. The Food Bank solicits food donations from the public and from the food industry, including supermarkets, food manufacturers and growers. To keep up with the high demand for food assistance, the Food Bank also purchases food at a low-cost from wholesalers. But following the government shut down, the need for food supplies has become critical. Last year, the Food Bank distributed 10.6 million pounds of food. Their true vision is a state where no one goes hungry.

Why does the Rhode Island Community Food Bank need support? Food inflation alone is outpacing wage growth – the cost of food grew by 15 percent over the last two years as workers’ wages increased by just 5 percent in the same period. The high-cost of living affects everyone, but it creates real hardship for low-income families as well as those who didn’t receive paychecks during the government shutdown. And, as food prices go up, they are the ones who experience food insecurity and hunger. Food insecurity affects one in eight Rhode Island households annually.

All monies raised should be made payable to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and forwarded to the CCUA office, Attn:  Donna Bevilacqua by Thursday, February 21. The monies will collectively go to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank directly and used to acquire food to help families in grave need who may or may not have been affected by the government shutdown. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Donna at dbevilacqua@ccua.org or direct (508) 229-5616.

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