PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Community Food Bank has found that thousands of low-income families in the state are missing meals.
The food bank released its annual report on hunger on Monday to coincide with Thanksgiving week.
The food bank says there are 198,000 Rhode Island residents living in low-income households.
For them to have three meals per day, nearly 217 million meals are needed.
But the food bank says that after people use their earnings, government nutrition assistance and charitable food programs, there aren’t enough resources to provide 15 percent of those meals.
That’s about 33 million missing meals.
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The food bank wants Congress to provide additional funding for nutrition assistance.
Its network of food pantries serve about 59,000 people each month.