Daffodil Days Yard Sale – A Huge Success!

20140412_092117The East Bay Food Pantry Thrift Shop saw a steady flow of shoppers from 9AM until 2 PM on the Saturday of Daffodil Days weekend. “We were thrilled by how many new people walked through our doors,” said EBFP Board of Directors VP Nicki Tyska, who worked the sale. “Most people were shocked by the size of the shop and had no idea of the many treasures they would find within.”

The EBFP Thrift Shop, located on the corner of Franklin and Wood Streets in downtown Bristol, offers a wide array of fabulous bargains including clothing, jewelry and accessories for adult and child fashionistas and for anyone searching for those perfect wardrobe additions. There is always a wide assortment of household items, furniture, artwork and curios for those stocking a new home or looking to refresh a tired decor. Books, games and toys can be found for the little ones.

“There is literally something for everyone here.” Denise Arsenault, another board member is an avid shopper of the thrift shop, leaving with her own one-of-a-kind treasures each week. “And all at prices of a bargain hunter’s dream.”

“Daffodil Days was a wonderful way to get the word out about our Thrift Shop,” said Loretta Marion, President of the Board of Directors. “We are trying to educate people in our community that every dollar spent in the Thrift Shop helps stock our Healthy Pantry with nutritious food. And while we appreciate all the donations of goods that come into the shop, we also want to encourage people to make purchases. Our new unofficial tag line is make a drop, then stay and shop!”

The EBFP and Thrift shop has been supporting the East Bay community with their important work since 2009.  Executive Director Anita Randall reports that the agency serves over 1000 individuals each month with more than 5000 East Bay residents receiving assistance from one or more of their comprehensive Access Nutrition programs throughout the year. This she accomplishes with the help of four part time staffers and an astoundingly committed force of volunteers who donated nearly 10,000 hours in the past year.

“We will continue to do this as long as there is a need,” said Randall. “Our hope is for that need to one day go away. But until that happens we remain inspired by our mission: Engaging, educating and empowering the East Bay in creating a hunger-free community.” And the EBFP and Thrift Shop will continue to look for ways to partner within the community and become involved in events such as Daffodil Days.

“It was a really fun day for everyone,” said Tyska, who brought her entire family and arranged for free popcorn and face painting for the children who tagged along to the sale with their parents. “We will definitely be doing this again for next year’s Daffodil Days!”

The EBFP Thrift Shop is open to the community Wednesdays 10AM-5PM, Thursdays and Fridays 10 AM- 4 PM, and Saturdays 10 AM – 3 PM for anyone who wishes to donate items or enjoy some shopping therapy.  Shopping for a cause has never been more fun!

Daffodil Days Yard Sale – Plus Fun for Kids!

daffodil daysDon’t miss it…

DAFFODIL DAYS YARD SALE

Free popcorn, face painting and more!!!

Saturday April 12th

9:00am – 2:00pm

East Bay Thrift Shop

Corner of Franklin & Wood Streets

Come early for best selection!

Housewares, Spring Fashions, furniture, vintage treasures, home décor & more

April 2014 Volunteer Newsletter

Contact Us
East Bay Food Pantry
Bristol, Rhode Island 02809
401-396-9490

In March…
55 Volunteers
worked over 750 hours
keeping our programs running smoothly:

Our Food Pantry served 783 Individuals
from 296 Households

Fresh Food Friday distributed
4,342 lbs. of produce
to 485 Individuals
during 191 Household Visits
Food4Kids served
58
Kids from
25
Households
These programs provided food for approximately 14,634 meals!

Our volunteers also
sorted and displayed items from

80 Thrift Shop donations, large and small,

to keep our Thrift Shop running.

You make the Food Pantry and Thrift Shop possible.

Thank-you for all you do!

We truly couldn’t do it without YOU!
Contact Us
East Bay Food Pantry
Bristol, Rhode Island 02809
401-396-9490

East Bay Food Pantry:

April 2014 Volunteer Newsletter

Feinstein Challenge
Any cash, checks, or food items donated during March or April will not only help us support our programs; they will also help us raise additional funds from Alan Shawn Feinstin’s 17th Annual $1 Million Giveaway to Fight Hunger.

The challenge divides $1 Million between non-profit hunger fighting agencies nationwide.  Each participating organization receives it’s share of the funds in proportion to the donations it received.  Only money and food donations (or pledges) received March 1 – April 30 qualify.

Please help us take advantage of this important fund-raising opportunity!

 

Daffodil Days Yard Sale!

Saturday, April 12th
9 am – 2 pm
East Bay Thrift Shop
(Our Front “Yard”)

Housewares, Spring Fashions, Furniture, Vintage treasures, Home Decor
Bikes, Sporting Equipment and More!

Free Popcorn and Face Painting!

Spread the Word!!

Donations NEEDED!!!
Please Bring Donations to the Thrift Shop Any time we’re open!

We are looking for donations of Bikes
for a limited time only
for the Yard Sale

 

Upcoming Events
Volunteer Nutrition TrainingWednesday, April 30, 9:15 am
Please join us for a nutrition class taught by Lauretta Marion, our board nutritionist.  She will be highlighting some of the nutritious foods we have in our pantry, including brown rice and black beans.  You will have the opportunity to taste an easy new recipe and learn information and preparation methods you can pass along to our clients.  If you plan to attend, please contact Karen or sign up on the list next to the Volunteer Log.

Volunteer Appreciation WeekMay 19-23
Watch for more information!

April and May Birthdays
By popular request, I have compiled a list of birthdays for our regular volunteers and staff.  Unfortunately, I don’t know everybody’s birthday, so if I miss yours, I apologize.  Please come let me know when it is, and I’ll make sure you are included.

Happy Birthday to everyone with April and May birthdays!

April:
17th Sandra
19th Antoinette

May:
12th Amy
12th Laura
17th Mark
23rd Sunny

Have a wonderful April!  Thank you for all you do at the East Bay Food Pantry and Thrift Shop.

 

Karen Griffith-Dieterich
Food Programs Coordinator

East Bay Food Pantry

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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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Daffodil Days Yard Sale – A Huge Success!

The East Bay Food Pantry Thrift Shop saw a steady flow of shoppers from 9AM until 2 PM on the Saturday of Daffodil Days weekend. “We were thrilled by how many new people walked through our doors,” said EBFP Board of Directors VP Nicki Tyska, who worked the sale. “Most people were shocked by the …

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Daffodil Days Yard Sale – Plus Fun for Kids!

Don’t miss it… DAFFODIL DAYS YARD SALE Free popcorn, face painting and more!!! Saturday April 12th 9:00am – 2:00pm East Bay Thrift Shop Corner of Franklin & Wood Streets Come early for best selection! Housewares, Spring Fashions, furniture, vintage treasures, home décor & more

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