Category Archive: Help Out

Back To School Back Pack Drive!

Help our summer Food4kids program clients get a helping hand in kicking off the new school year! Accepting back packs, crayons,markers,pocket folders,glue sticks,  pencils,notebooks & scissors.

Fall/Winter Clothing


The fall chill is in the air! Time to start pulling out our Fall & Winter Clothing!

We are accepting Fall/Winter clothing for Women,Men and children!

 

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EBFP Benefit at Whole Foods – Waterman St. on 7/14/15!!!

Whole Foods Benefit Flyer

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

EBFP at Wellness EXPO 4/11/15

Wellness Fair Flyer 2015

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

FOUL WEATHER POLICY REMINDER

REMINDER TO VOLUNTEERS, CLIENTS, STAFF, AND THRIFT SHOPPERS…
IN THE EVENT OF A BRISTOL PARKING BAN, THE EAST BAY FOOD PANTRY AND THRIFT SHOP WILL BE CLOSED. PLEASE CHECK WPRI.COM FOR ALL PARKING BAN NOTIFICATIONS.
PLEASE PREPARE FOR THE STORM AND BE SAFE!
THANK YOU.

In the event that we are unable to be open on a regularly scheduled food pantry day, clients are encouraged to shop the following Wednesday if possible.  If unable to wait, clients may pick up bagged food on the following Thursday or Friday, noon-3pm.

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