The Pawtucket Red Sox, Citizens Bank and Cox Communications are playing games this summer. They have banded together to help the Rhode Island Community Food Bank Strike Out Hunger during baseball season.
Every time a PawSox pitcher strikes out a player from the opposing team at a home game, Citizens Bank will donate $60 to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. That’s 150 meals for each strike out. Citizens will donate up to $60,000 – that’s 150,000 meals to help ensure that no one in Rhode Island goes hungry this summer.
The Rhode Island Community Food Bank distributes food to people in need through a statewide network of 160 member agencies. These agencies include food pantries, meal sites, shelters, youth programs and senior centers. Each month, 59,000 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 need for the Food Bank’s work is evidenced by the following statistics:
- 9.2 million pounds of food distributed last year (including more than 2 million pounds of fresh produce)
- 59,000 people served each month in Rhode Island
- 12% (51,000 RI households) are food insecure
- 5% (21,500 RI households) report very low food security (hunger)
- 14.3% poverty rate in RI
- 146,000 living in poverty in RI
- 20% poverty rate for children under the age of 18 in RI
- 42,000 children living in poverty in RI
The Food Bank is a private, nonprofit organization. They’re committed to providing nutritious food. Currently, 89 percent of the food distributed is considered “core food”- healthy foods, including vegetables and fruits, bread, grains, protein, beans and dairy, which can be used to prepare a nutritious meal for a family. Of the 9.2 million pounds of food distributed by the Food Bank last year, over 2.2 million pounds was fresh produce.
The Rhode Island Community Food Bank is doing fantastic work, but could use everyone’s help to end the problem of hunger in Rhode Island. So, get out to McCoy Stadium to cheer on the PawSox and support their efforts to Strike Out Hunger.