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Rhode Island Center Assisting those in Need

A COVID-19 Response Fund grant from the Foundation is helping RICAN purchase food—especially dry items and proteins, to help it meet the increased need.

With the onset of COVID-19, the food pantry at Charlestown-based RICAN closed. That closure revealed one of the cruelest ironies of the pandemic: the need for food assistance expanded greatly, but the ability to give it got much more difficult.

Dana Moriarty, administrative assistant at RICAN and the largely volunteer organization’s only full-time employee, explains that prior to the outbreak guests were able to come into the pantry and select their food. With concern about the virus and social distancing rules, RICAN converted to providing pre-bagged food, including dry goods, produce, meat, and dairy items, through a drive-up system.

“This allows for no contact. They just open the trunk or we open the back door, and put the food in. Sometimes you worry about an approaching car and the possible risk, but we wear face masks and practice social distancing."

- Dana Moriarty, administrative assistant

A COVID-19 Response Fund grant from the Foundation is helping RICAN purchase food—especially dry items and proteins, to help it meet the increased need.