PORTSMOUTH — The spirit of independence is on full display this July as five independent grocers in Rhode Island devote the entire month to collecting food for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.
Each store is offering unique ways to participate, from special pricing on most-needed items or buy-one-give-one sales to donations at the register.
Participating stores include Clements’ Marketplace in Portsmouth and Tom’s Markets in Tiverton and Warren.
“Our independent grocers play a tremendously important role in their communities, and they have very close relationships with their customers,” said Andrew Schiff, chief executive officer of the Food Bank. “They understand that the food they collect will benefit people right in their own back yard.”
The Food Bank’s most-needed items include tuna, canned and dried beans, brown rice, canned soups/stews, peanut butter, breakfast cereals, whole wheat pasta and canned fruits and vegetables.
The Food Bank’s network of 178 member agencies serves more than 66,000 people every month. One in three served by the Food Bank is a child under the age of 18. Currently, 21.9 percent of Rhode Island’s children live below the federal poverty threshold. Rhode Island has the highest level of food insecurity in New England.
For more information about The Rhode Island Community Food Bank, visit www.rifoodbank.org.