PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Rhode Island's largest food pantry has taken over control of a smaller one in Providence in a merger funded by a grant from the United Way.
The Providence Journal reports the acquisition of the Olneyville pantry by the Providence In-Town Churches Association will allow the smaller pantry to stay open.
The Olneyville pantry moved into a new building Monday at the corner of Manton Avenue and Pope Street, one that has air conditioning.
The Onleyville pantry serves about 7,600 people. The PICA pantry had more than 9,000 visitors last month.
Diana Burdett, PICA's executive director, says together the two facilities provide foot to nearly a quarter of the state's food pantry users.