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Providence food pantry after after 5-month hiatus

February 6, 2020 GMT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island food pantry that serves more than 700 families a year has reopened for the first time in five months after a relocation.

More than 50 families stocked up at the Community Action Partnership of Providence pantry on Wednesday at its new location on Broad Street, The Providence Journal reported.

The pantry was out of service after the social services agency was forced to vacate its previous location, the Elmwood Community Center, in July due to unsafe building conditions.

The organization moved in August and resumed most of its services, but the food pantry took longer to reopen so about $10,000 in renovations could be completed.

Rilwan Feyisitan Jr., executive director of the organization, says the pantry provides food to more than 700 families per year, and he expects that number to rise because the organization’s new location is on a bus route.

Because it serves residents from diverse cultural backgrounds, the pantry distributes a variety of meats and proteins that align with residents’ religious and dietary restrictions, he said.

“That’s not common in a lot of other pantries,” Feyisitan said.