Food bank volunteer opportunities near Providence

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December 19, 2023

Food bank volunteer opportunities near Providence

Last year, 1 out of every 6 people in the United States looked to food banks and food pantries for support, according to a 2023 report from Feeding America. The end of COVID-era government assistance programs and the rising cost of groceries due to inflation have many Americans facing food insecurity.

According to a 2023 Department of Agriculture report, 12.8% of households around the country—about 17 million—were food insecure in 2022. That's up from the 10.2% of households who had difficulty providing food for everyone in their home in 2021, and also up from the 10.5% who said the same in 2020. It's the highest share of food-insecure households in the U.S. since 2014.

The rise of food insecurity and the economic situation in the U.S. means that food banks are struggling to keep up with the demand. "Local food banks, pantries, and community meal programs have become an essential component of many households' food budgets, especially as we continue to face increased food prices and the end of pandemic-era benefits," Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America, said in a statement accompanying the nonprofit's aforementioned report. In an earlier 2023 survey from Feeding America, 65% of responding food banks reported an increase in the number of people they served.

It can be difficult to know where to go if you want to help, as many do during the holiday season in particular. To help guide you, Stacker compiled a list of food bank volunteer opportunities near Providence using data from VolunteerMatch. Read on to see what you can do for those grappling with food insecurity in your community, from distributing lunches to seniors to serving meals at soup kitchens.

Political Affairs Internship
- Organization: The Borgen Project
- Read more on website

Food Pantry Volunteers Needed - Saturday mornings
- Organization: Pete & Andy's Food Pantry
- Dates: Dec 16 to Mar 9
- Read more on website

Food Pantry Volunteers Needed in Federal Hill
- Organization: Federal Hill House Association
- Read more on website

Cook for Kennedy Plaza
- Organization: Mae Organization
- Read more on website

Full Plate Kosher Food Pantry for the food insecure members of our community
- Read more on website

Westbay Marketplace Food Pantry
- Organization: Westbay Community Action
- Read more on website

This story features data reporting by Karim Noorani, writing by Jaimie Etkin, and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 101 metros.

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