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Coventry Food Bank getting help this summer

August 7, 2013

Produce such as this, is grown at the Coventry Community Garden and donated to the Coventry food bank. Jessica Boisclair. Kent County Daily Times.

COVENTRY— Bank Rhode Island (BankRI) will be hosting a seven-week fundraising event to collect food for the various food pantries in the state, including the Coventry Community Food Bank.

From Aug. 1 through Sept. 20, the bank will be hosting the food drive at each of its 18 branches across the state.

“Holding our food drive towards the end of the summer when children no longer have access to summer meal programs and are still a few weeks from receiving meals at school will help a lot of families,” said Mark J. Meiklejohn, President and CEO of BankRI. “Our customers and staff are known for giving back, and I know they will respond generously to this effort to help pantries replenish their shelves.

Through the drive, each of the branches has paired up with a food pantry in that community, including the Coventry Community Food bank at 191 Macarthur Blvd.

Patricia Shurtleff, Director of the Department of Human Services in Coventry, explained that the food bank needs donations and food during the summer months much more than any other time.

“Summer is difficult because kids don’t get the lunch from school and the breakfast program so there’s a need for more food,” she said.

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