Closure of city’s largest food pantry puts 750 families at risk of food insecurity

By: Ellie Romano

Email: eromano@abc6.com

Twitter: @Ellie_Romano

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The clock is ticking for a local nonprofit to find a new location for its community center.

Community Action Partnership of Providence provides services to low-income individuals and families.

The group is set to close its location at the Elmwood Community Center at the end of the month.

The closure comes after years of roof leaks, heating issues, electrical problems, and the presence of asbestos.

When CAPP closes its Elmwood center, it will move several programs to the group’s headquarters on Hartford Avenue.

But one program they can’t move: the food pantry.

Elmwood Community Center’s food pantry is the biggest pantry in the city. It’s used by 750 families a month.

Until CAPP can find a new location for the center, the pantry will have to close– putting hundreds of families at risk of food insecurity.

ABC6 spoke with residents who depend on the pantry and said they hope CAPP finds a new location in the same neighborhood, or at least repair the old building. 

According to the mayor’s office, the property is in need of almost $5 million in repairs. The city has allocated almost $2 million for this year.