It's important for a couple of reasons; one, it brings hundreds of thousands of pounds of food and we really need that to be serving the number of people we are serving," said Cindy Elder, program director of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.
According to Elder
, in the rare case that the food is not picked up, the Food Bank
has an arrangement with Walgreens
stores across the state and members of the community can drop off their bags of food to any Walgreens a week after the drive, as well as weekly between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
They can also drop the food off directly at the Food Bank
"We encourage people to put a little extra food in the bag this year because right now we are serving 68,000 people a month," said Elder
"Those are the highest numbers we have ever seen."
explained this is a correlation with the rise of need with the economy and lack of jobs.
"If you look at the work force that makes it happen, it is young children," said Elder