Soup Kitchen Planned for RI Statehouse

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Homeless advocates have picked an unusual venue for the state's newest soup kitchen: the Rhode Island Statehouse.

The Thursday afternoon event in the Rotunda is being organized by the Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project and the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless. From now on, advocates plan to hold a soup kitchen there every Wednesday.

John Joyce of the Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project says the menu consists of regular “street fare,” including sandwiches, chips, fruit and juice.

Advocates are expected to release new statistics on the number of homeless in the state. They will also highlight their legislative agenda. The agenda includes a dedicated funding stream for affordable housing, a homeless “Bill of Rights” and legislation that gives additional protections to homeowners and tenants faced with foreclosure.