Walmart Foundation Grants EBFP $30,000!

Walmart Grant Thank YouAll of us at EBFP are grateful to the Walmart Foundation for granting us $30,000 in support of our Access Nutrition Initiative!

The Access Nutrition Initiative represents EBFP’s commitment to providing healthy and nutritious food options in our client choice food pantry. The generous support of donors and the Walmart Foundation enables the EBFP to consistently offer whole grains foods, a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, high quality protein, and milk/dairy products to 5,000 East Bay residents who rely on the EBFP to supplement their food needs. The East Bay community shares in this initiative by giving monetary support, making food-specific donations, and by sharing fresh, local produce.

 

 

OLMC School Collects Food for EBFP!

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Anita Randall and Claire Forand

On Thursday, March 12th Anita Randall (Executive Director) and Karen Griffith (Programs and Operations Manager) attended a presentation assembly at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Bristol.  1st grade teacher, Claire Forand and Principal, Janet Maloney welcomed us and presented EBFP with 570 food items and a check for $570 provided by the Feinstein Foundation.

We were so impressed that what began with the 1st grade can collection was expanded to include the whole school when challenged to do so by Alan Shawn Feinstein! 570 food items is an amazing accomplishment and all of us at EBFP are so grateful to all the staff and students at OLMC school!East Bay Food II

Words of THANKS from our Clients!

Please know how much all of us at EBFP appreciate the countless ways you help us help folks in need. During the holiday season we receive many touching cards and notes of thanks from our clients expressing their deep appreciation for the support YOU make possible.

Here is a selection for you to read. You may want to have some tissues handy!

“Just wanted to give a very heartfelt thank you for all the wonderful gifts for my family. They were so much more than I could have ever hoped for. I truly appreciate all the kindness you have shown us during this holiday season. Thanks so much.” ~ Olivia

“Thank you for your generosity, time, and personal energy. My family is well because of your year-round support and giving hearts. GOD BLESS!” ~Darlene, Joshua and Zachariah

“Words can’t express how thankful I am for the Christmas4Kids program and for the generosity and hard work that fuel it. I know that my two youngest children will have many smiles to share on Christmas morning because you made some of their wishes come true. Making their Christmas happy is something I needed help with this year. Thank you for making it happen! God bless! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!” ~ anonymous client

“It’s been so hard for my little girl [and me] this year. I’m trying to keep it together. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much!” ~ a mother

“Thank you for everything you do. We couldn’t do it without you – life is such a struggle. Happy Holidays and God Bless. Love, Christina and Cheryl”

“I need to give extreme gratitude to you all for all your hard work. I’m so thankful. My holiday will be better. Thank you from my heart. I’m so blessed because of people like you. Thank you.” ~Stacey

“Thank you for supporting the food pantry. This helps my family so very much. God Bless and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.” ~The Sousa Family

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At the East Bay Food Pantry, food is available to anyone in need in our community.  We currently serve over 1,500 households representing over 5,000 individuals (more than 1,500 of those are children).  Our “Client Choice” Food Pantry is set up grocery store style:  our clients get a shopping basket and choose what their family needs and likes based on household size and key nutritional guidelines.

Our Thrift Shop is the sustaining force behind the East Bay Food Pantry.  All are welcome to shop at the Thrift Shop!  We have a wonderful array of quality items, treasures, and curiosities at great prices and the selection is always changing.   Come in often to shop and make donations of quality, in-season clothing, furniture and household items.  Your donations and purchases directly support our food pantry programs.  Please help spread the word to friends, family, and neighbors about this “shopping for a cause” option in Bristol!

Each year, we organize a fundraising event to raise awareness of our mission and support our food programs.  Uncorked! takes place in the fall and features live music, local eats, and cold beverages.

Food and funds are donated by various organizations around the community including The East Bay Cares Program of the Bristol County Elks, Bristol Rotary, Bristol County Lions, Rogers Free Library, Downtown Bristol Merchants Association, Rockwell, Colt-Andrews, and Guiteras Elementary Schools, Mt. Hope High School, First Congregational Church in Bristol, First Baptist Church of Bristol, Roger Williams University, Bryant University; and by numerous businesses, families, and individuals.

The East Bay Food Pantry is a proud member of the RI Community Food Bank network of agencies and the Bristol County Basic Needs Network.  We are a 501c(3) non-profit organization and donations are tax-deductible.  We welcome your donations.  Learn more about us in our 2013 Annual Report.

Your good works and generosity help us fulfill our mission: “to engage, educate and empower the east bay in creating a hunger-free community.”

Click here to see answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the East Bay Food Pantry and Thrift Shop.  You may also learn more about us on the Our Story page.

Walmart Grant Thank You

Walmart Foundation Grants EBFP $30,000!

All of us at EBFP are grateful to the Walmart Foundation for granting us $30,000 in support of our Access Nutrition Initiative! The Access Nutrition Initiative represents EBFP’s commitment to providing healthy and nutritious food options in our client choice food pantry. The generous support of donors and the Walmart Foundation enables the EBFP to …

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East Bay Food II

OLMC School Collects Food for EBFP!

On Thursday, March 12th Anita Randall (Executive Director) and Karen Griffith (Programs and Operations Manager) attended a presentation assembly at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Bristol.  1st grade teacher, Claire Forand and Principal, Janet Maloney welcomed us and presented EBFP with 570 food items and a check for $570 provided by the Feinstein …

Read more