PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Community Food Bank says the rate of food insecurity in the state has declined for the first time since 2007.

The food bank released its annual hunger report on Monday.

According to the federal government, one in eight Rhode Island households, or about 54,000, cannot afford food for three meals a day for each household member.

The current rate of food insecurity, at nearly 13 percent, is down from 14.4 percent last year and from almost 15 percent at the height of the recession.

The food bank says the rate had either increased or stayed level since 2007.

Its network of food pantries serve about 60,000 people each month.

The report says many vulnerable people in the state are still affected by hunger, notably children and seniors.

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