The branch collected 1,600 pounds of food for the bank's summer food drive — more than any other branch. In all, the bank's branches collected a total of 16,000 pounds of food to support the food bank.
“Unemployment in Rhode Island continues to be a problem plaguing many families and individuals, making it nearly impossible for many to put food on the table,” said BankRI Executive Vice President Mark Meiklejohn. “BankRI is committed to helping those in need, and thanks to our wonderful staff and customers who supported this food drive, we will put more than 16,000 pounds of food in the hands of hungry Rhode Islanders.”
The bank collected food and monetary donations at all of its 17 locations around the state.
“We applaud BankRI and its employees for this impressive effort to help feed the hungry in Rhode Island,” said Andrew Schiff, Chief Executive Officer of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. “Each month, more than 60,000 people rely on our statewide network of emergency food pantries to meet their basic food needs, and one of three people we serve is a child under the age of 18. These hard facts make it critically important to reach out to our neighbors in need, and we are grateful to the people of BankRI for this significant contribution.”