PROVIDENCE, RI- Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced today that her 2019 Inaugural Committee raised a total of $50,000 to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. This donation will help provide food assistance to more than 53,000 Rhode Islanders who rely on the Food Bank each month.
"No one should have to choose between paying rent and putting food on the table," said Governor Raimondo. "For almost forty years, the Food Bank has been a critical source of healthy food for thousands of Rhode Islanders. Food insecurity is a serious issue in our state, and one third of those served by the Food Bank are children. I'm glad to be able to support the work of this great organization in fighting for a future where no Rhode Islander goes hungry."
"The Food Bank serves a critical need in our community, and I'm proud that the Inaugural Committee is able to support this vital work," said First Gentleman Andy Moffit.
Addressing hunger and food insecurity has been a top priority for Governor Raimondo and First Gentleman Moffit. Last month, the Governor announced her "No Student Hungry" initiative, requiring all eligible public schools to serve free, federally-funded breakfast and lunch to all students, and to do so after the school day begins.
"We're so thankful to receive this generous gift from Governor Raimondo's Inaugural Committee," said Andrew Schiff, CEO of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. "With it, we'll be able to purchase healthy, nutritious food for the many Rhode Islanders who struggle to make ends meet during the winter months."
The Governor will be visiting the Rhode Island Community Food Bank Wednesday afternoon to speak with staff and volunteers and deliver the donation check.