St. Francis Hunger Banquet Raises Awareness and Funds

Frank Sevola Around the Province

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Nearly 500 persons participated in the fourth annual Hunger Banquet held by St. Francis Chapel and City Ministry Center on Sept. 20 to benefit The Poverello Center programs.

Approximately $5,000  were raised for the programs which include the largest client choice food pantry in Rhode Island, a wellness center, and the Bread & Blessings Sandwich Program. Participants were given a  small lunch of a cup of soup and a piece of bread to help raise awareness of what many people around Rhode Island and the rest of the country have to eat each day as a result of the rise in food insecurity among many of the working poor.

Soup was donated by 16 area restaurants, and the bread came from three popular Providence bakeries.  The soup was dished out by the governor, lieutenant governor and the attorney general of Rhode Island as well as by Providence’s mayor and fire chief.