- Associated Press - Saturday, May 16, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A new food assistance program is launching in Rhode Island to help low-income seniors.

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank will distribute monthly food boxes containing items such as cereal, canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, and seasonal foods as part of the federally-funded Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

The initiative is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs and the food bank.

Rhode Island U.S. Sen. Jack Reed worked to insert language in an appropriations bill so Rhode Island and six other states could start participating, and secured more than $100,000 in federal funding for it.

Reed and representatives from the agencies will be at the Providence food bank Monday to celebrate its start.

The food bank serves about 12,000 seniors each month.

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