2015 Annual Appeal – Help Out with Your Gift Today!

We need your help! RI’s poverty rate isn’t shrinking as fast as we’d like…. We are still serving over 5,000 neighbors who are in need!

• 47,000 RI children under the age of 18 are living in poverty – that’s 21.5% of all kids living in RI!

• 14.4% of RI’s population (60,800 households) do not have the means to purchase adequate food with an additional 4.6% (19,400 households) experiencing severe food insecurity (hunger).

• Well over half of RI’s poverty-stricken population have such limited income that they must choose between buying food and paying rent.

Providing adequate nutritious food for our neighbors in need is our goal and we are determined to make sure EBFP’s resources are accessible to all those who request our help. 2015 marked the 6th year anniversary of our agency’s mission: To Engage, Educate and Empower the East Bay in Creating a Hunger Free Community. Thanks to your generous support we have been able to provide nutritious food for over 5,000 residents in the nine communities we assist.

Please make your tax-deductible donation online today!

Belita annualappealRecently, single mom Belita explained how being an EBFP client is helping make a better life for herself and her 2 school-aged children. “I am a part time student right now at Rhode Island College, and I work part-time at the Rhode Island Hospital. In January I will start going to school full-time to become a nurse. But I can only work 2 or 3 days a week at the hospital, and it doesn’t give me enough money to pay all my bills. I hope when I get my degree I won’t need to come here anymore, but right now it helps a lot! My kids are growing and they eat so much. I really like the Food4Kids program because it gives me such good food for them – fresh fruit and yogurt and everything! And, I shop a lot at the Thrift shop for things for my family too. Everything you do helps!”

Unfortunately, Belita is not alone in her struggle to feed her family. Assisting 5,000 people is a huge responsibility and one we could not take on without your help and the support of our community. Please help us meet this challenge, and together we can create a better, a stronger, a healthier East Bay!

Please make your tax-deductible donation online today!  Our clients, staff, and volunteers thank you!

Community Aid Drive to Benefit EBFP!

Kick-off to Christmas Community Aid Drive

When:  Saturday, November 28 from 5 to 9pm

Where:  Judge Roy Bean Saloon, 1 State Street, Bristol RI

Santa_Claus5 – 7 Visit with Santa

7 – 8 Tyler and Ryan

8 – 9 Gravity

and DJ Mike Goglia

Collecting at the door:

  • Non-Perishable food items
  • New or gently used winter apparel
  • New unwrapped toys
  • Monetary donations welcomed

 

All collections will benefit the East Bay Food Pantry and will be distributed to Bristolians in need during the holidays.

Sponsored by:  Bristol Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary community aid fund

Celebrate with EBFP at Grapes and Grains on Nov. 19th!

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Please join the EBFP Board of Directors for an early evening Wine Tasting at Grapes and Grains located in Barrington! This is an opportunity for us to thank you, our supporters, and enjoy a selection of wines and good conversation together. There is no cost to attend – so please join us.

Plouf Plouf logoDate: Thursday, November 19th
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Place: Grapes and Grains, 24 Bosworth St, Barrington

The Plouf Plouf Food Truck will be on site with
delicious food creations available for purchase.
Get something to snack on or pick up dinner to take home!

We will also have gorgeous holiday greeting cards available for a minimum donation of $5/card.

Register Now!

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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.

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2015 Annual Appeal – Help Out with Your Gift Today!

We need your help! RI’s poverty rate isn’t shrinking as fast as we’d like…. We are still serving over 5,000 neighbors who are in need! • 47,000 RI children under the age of 18 are living in poverty – that’s 21.5% of all kids living in RI! • 14.4% of RI’s population (60,800 households) do …

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Community Aid Drive

Community Aid Drive to Benefit EBFP!

Kick-off to Christmas Community Aid Drive When:  Saturday, November 28 from 5 to 9pm Where:  Judge Roy Bean Saloon, 1 State Street, Bristol RI 5 – 7 Visit with Santa 7 – 8 Tyler and Ryan 8 – 9 Gravity and DJ Mike Goglia Collecting at the door: Non-Perishable food items New or gently used winter …

Read more