EBFP Releases 2014 Annual Report!

Dear Friends,

August 27, 2014 marked our 5th anniversary of service to families and individuals in need of food assistance in the East Bay. We celebrate our supporters, volunteers, and community – everyone who champions our mission “to engage, educate and empower the East Bay in creating a hunger-­‐free community.” We have accomplished so much together!  Click here for complete report…Annual Report EBFP 2014

produceIn the last five years we have:

• Served over 6,500 unique individuals, during nearly 75,000 visits to EBFP!

• Distributed well over 1 million pounds of food!

While we are proud of our service numbers, we are even more excited about how we are serving our clients. Our Access Nutrition Initiative encompasses an innovative and award‑winning array of programs offering high quality, healthy foods and nutrition education. EBFP received a “Best of the Best” award at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank’s annual Agency Conference on May 30, 2014. This new award recognizes best practices in leadership and management, distribution, food safety, cultural competency, community partnerships and community resources. Only three of the Food Bank’s 178 member agencies received a “Best of the Best” award.

EBFP serves approximately 1,000 people each month through one or more of our comprehensive Access Nutrition programs. As a result, total food distribution was up by 19% over the previous year for a total of 306,038 pounds of food distributed in 2014. Food4Kids shows accelerated growth of 106% between 2012 and 2014. Similarly, our Fresh Food Friday program has increased by 34% in 2014 and has increased 80% in the past 2 years. We want to build on these successes and are constantly looking for ways to improve the quality of our service and programs.

We are fortunate to have a gifted and dedicated team comprised of our staff, board members and volunteers whose hard work and dedication are commendable. We are most grateful for our fabulous, astoundingly committed volunteers -­‐ with nearly 10,000 hours of service to EBFP in 2014 -­‐ and without whom it would be impossible to provide the depth and quality of services to our clients. We appreciate the many ways everyone involved with EBFP helps bring our mission to life. Together, we have provided nearly 1 million meals since we opened our doors in August 2009!

We are also grateful for the support we receive from the individuals, businesses and organizations in our community who understand that partnership is fundamental when providing assistance for over 5,000 East Bay neighbors struggling with food insecurity. We recognize that there are countless appeals for donations from numerous agencies and EBFP is committed to the philosophy of not inundating our supporters with requests. We host a single major fundraising event each year -­‐Uncorked!-­‐ that we hope our supporters will attend, sponsor and help us promote. And we make only one annual appeal for contributions that we ask you to generously consider. This important work cannot be accomplished without YOUR help.

We continue to be inspired by our mission: To engage, educate and empower the East Bay in creating a hunger-­‐free community. Together we can do it!  Click here for complete report…Annual Report EBFP 2014

With hope,

Anita K. Randall, Founder and Executive Director

Thank You EBFP Volunteers!

Presidential Service Award Recipients 2015

L to R: Theresa Almeida, Dawn Bolla, Barbara Salstead, Priscilla Drummond, Cathy Pratte, Jack Andrade, Sunny Melonio, Anne Archibald, Ruth Balzano, Nancy Areson, Gene Lopes, Andrew Paul

The East Bay Food Pantry (EBFP) hosts Volunteer Appreciation Week June 2-5, 2015 to honor all EBFP volunteers. We could not accomplish the breadth and depth of the work we do in the pantry and thrift shop without the dedication and commitment of our volunteers. In 2014, 139 individuals donated 10,103 hours of volunteer labor to our agency!

EBFP presented the President’s Volunteer Service Awards to 22 dedicated recipients at a special reception on Tuesday, June 2 in the Franklin Court Community Room. Each recipient donated a minimum of 100 hours of service at EBFP in 2014 and received the official President’s Volunteer Service Award pin, a personalized certificate of achievement, and a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States. The President’s Volunteer Service Award is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging U.S. citizens through presidential recognition to live a life of service. Visit this site for more information:http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/

Presidential Award Recipients:

Bronze – Volunteered 100-249 hours during 2014

Anne Archibald

Nancy Areson

Denise Arsenault

Ruth Balzano

Alexis Barbour-Webb

Dawn Bolla

Beth Dyer

Alison Gamon

Betsy Gamwell

Michael Jannitto

Eugene Lopes

Valerie Marrin

Sunny Melonio

Andrew Paul

Cathy Pratte

Laura Temple

Silver – Volunteered 250-499 hours during 2014

Jack Andrade

Priscilla Drummond

Ann Roussel

Gold – Volunteered 500 hours or more during 2014

Theresa Almeida – 996 hours

Barbara Salstead – 1,148 hours

Kyle Yoder – 1,163

Home

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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EBFP Releases 2014 Annual Report!

Dear Friends, August 27, 2014 marked our 5th anniversary of service to families and individuals in need of food assistance in the East Bay. We celebrate our supporters, volunteers, and community – everyone who champions our mission “to engage, educate and empower the East Bay in creating a hunger-­‐free community.” We have accomplished so much …

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Presidential Service Award Recipients 2015

Thank You EBFP Volunteers!

The East Bay Food Pantry (EBFP) hosts Volunteer Appreciation Week June 2-5, 2015 to honor all EBFP volunteers. We could not accomplish the breadth and depth of the work we do in the pantry and thrift shop without the dedication and commitment of our volunteers. In 2014, 139 individuals donated 10,103 hours of volunteer labor …

Read more