EBFP Client’s Story of Struggle Featured on WPRI 12

IMG_0583More Rhode Islanders forced to rely on food bank

Bristol, R.I. (WPRI) — With unemployment at 7.6% in Rhode Island it’s difficult for the state’s working poor to feed their families, and the number of people relying on the state’s food bank has increased exponentially over the past decade.

The challenging economy has hit Jessica Masse’s family hard. While her husband works part-time, it’s not enough for Jessica and her four children – so life becomes a juggling act.

“I will go sometimes without eating, because they come first.” she said. “Sometimes I have to overlap bills. not paying the electric or gas. Give it a one-month gap before I pay it, so I have enough to pay for food expenses.”  Find complete story here…

Bowls for Hunger in ProJo!

Bowls_1_KB (1)10.9.2014: Ceramic artist Ellen Blomgren from Mudstone Studios in Warren, shows the third-graders how to use clay to shape their bowls. Colt Andrews Elementary School students in Bristol are making Bowls for Hunger under the direction of art teacher Lynne Ramos and Ellen Blomgren. The final products will be sold for $5 a bowl and proceeds will be donated to The East Bay Food Pantry. This is being made possible by a grant from the Bristol Warren Education Fund which Lynne Ramos applied for. One bowl can buy 50 pounds of food from The Rhode Island Food Bank.

The sale will be November 10 from 4-7:30pm.

The Providence Journal/Kathy Borchers

: Ceramic artist Ellen Blomgren from Mudstone Studios in Warren, shows the third-graders how to use clay to shape their bowls. Colt Andrews Elementary School students in Bristol are making Bowls for Hunger under the direction of art teacher Lynne Ramos and Ellen Blomgren. The final products will be sold for $5 a bowl and proceeds will be donated to The East Bay Food Pantry. This is being made possible by a grant from the Bristol Warren Education Fund which Lynne Ramos applied for. One bowl can buy 50 pounds of food from The Rhode Island Food Bank. The sale will be November 10 from 4-7:30pm. The Providence Journal/Kathy B: Ceramic artist Ellen Blomgren from Mudstone Studios in Warren, shows the third-graders how to use clay to shape their10.9.2014: Ceramic artist Ellen Blomgren from Mudstone Studios in Warren, shows the third-graders how to use clay to shape their bowls. Colt Andrews Elementary School students in Bristol are making Bowls for Hunger under the direction of art teacher Lynne Ramos and Ellen Blomgren. The final products will be sold for $5 a bowl and proceeds will be donated to The East Bay Food Pantry. This is being made possible by a grant from the Bristol Warren Education Fund which Lynne Ramos applied for. One bowl can buy 50 pounds of food from The Rhode Island Food Bank. The sale will be November 10 from 4-7:30pm. The Providence Journal/Kathy Borchers. Colt Andrews Elementary School students in Bristol are making Bowls for Hunger under the direction of art teacher Lynne Ramos and Ellen Blomgren. The final products will be sold for $5 a bowl and proceeds will be donated to The East Bay Food Pantry. This is being made possible by a grant from the Bristol Warren Education Fund which Lynne Ramos applied for. One bowl can buy 50 pounds of food from The Rhode Island Food Bank. The sale will be November 10 from 4-7:30pm. The Providence Journal/Kathy Borchers

Bowls for Hunger Project at Colt Andrews Elementary!

Bowls for HungerGREAT NEWS FOR THE EAST BAY FOOD PANTRY AND COLT ANDREWS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL!  Colt Andrews Art Teacher, Lynne Ramos, was recently awarded a grant from the Bristol Warren Education Fund to combine community service and the arts.

This project, called Bowls for Hunger, is a chance to create art to help the community. Students will shape bowls and then hand glaze them to create a unique work of art. Work will be done in the Art classes starting October 7th –October 28th under the direction of ceramic Artist Ellen Blomgren and Art teacher, Mrs. Ramos. Final pieces will be sold to families and the community so funds can be donated to those in need.

Students may reserve their bowl for $5.00. All Bowls will go on sale November 10th for a donation of $5.00. All proceeds will be donated to The East Bay Food Pantry.

Students will discuss the dilemma of hunger. Through out this process, we want our students to realize that they have lots to give. By using their creativity, hands and time, they can make a positive difference in the world and become more aware of other’s basic needs.

Mrs. Ramos’ goal is that through this concrete activity, students will connect and make a life long commitment to helping others and taking ownership in the community. Thank you to Mrs. Ramos and the Colt Andrews students and staff for supporting the work of EBFP through this meaningful project!

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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!

Several times each year, we organize fundraising events to raise awareness of our mission and support our food programs.  In May or June, we hold our Get Off Your CAN!  5K Run/Walk to End Hunger in Colt State Park.  Uncorked! takes place in October at Mount Hope Farm on Bristol Harbor and features live music, local eats, and cold beverages.  Rock the CAN! gathers the best local bands for a benefit concert in January hosted by Jacky’s Galaxie in Bristol.

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, Red Brick School, The Greene School, Little Friends Preschool, First Congregational Church Sunday School, 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 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 2012 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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EBFP Client’s Story of Struggle Featured on WPRI 12

More Rhode Islanders forced to rely on food bank By Shaun Towne and Mike Montecalvo Published: October 29, 2014, 8:42 pm Bristol, R.I. (WPRI) — With unemployment at 7.6% in Rhode Island it’s difficult for the state’s working poor to feed their families, and the number of people relying on the state’s food bank has increased exponentially …

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Bowls for Hunger in ProJo!

10.9.2014: Ceramic artist Ellen Blomgren from Mudstone Studios in Warren, shows the third-graders how to use clay to shape their bowls. Colt Andrews Elementary School students in Bristol are making Bowls for Hunger under the direction of art teacher Lynne Ramos and Ellen Blomgren. The final products will be sold for $5 a bowl and …

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