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RI Food Bank shows new statistics

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Nicole Gerber

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PROVIDENCE - Just ahead of Thanksgiving the Rhode Island Community Food Bank is out with new statistics showing that hunger is at an all time high.

68,000 people in the state are served each month by government nutrition programs and food pantries - the highest number ever recorded.

Officials say the recent cuts to SNAP benefits have been a factor, as well as an unstable local economy.

"Rhode Island still has the 2nd highest unemployment rate in the country; 50 thousand adults remain out of work. But even for those who are working, working doesn't guarantee economic security," said Andrew Schiff, CEO of the RI Food Bank.

Officials say donations coming into the Food Bank are also down significantly, so the nonprofit is organizing a fundraiser to try to make up the difference.

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