Food Pantry Donations


There are many ways that you can assist the East Bay Food Pantry.

  • Items Needed

    Items Needed

    When choosing food to donate, please choose nutritious foods!

    Most needed foods:

    • • Olive or canola oil
    • • Whole grain breakfast cereal, oatmeal, etc.
    • • Whole grain pasta, brown rice, and other whole grains
    • • Peanut butter or other nut butters
    • • Canned meat and fish
    • • Canned and dried beans, low/no sodium preferred
    • • Canned fruits, vegetables, tomatoes, etc. , low/no sugar and low/no sodium preferred
    • • Canned Soup, Stew, Chili, and other “heat and eat” meals, low sodium preferred
    • • Whole, uncut produce

    Most needed personal care items:

    • • Diapers and baby wipes
    • • Feminine hygiene products
    • • Toothpaste, toothbrushes, and dental floss
    • • Shampoo, conditioner, soap, and deodorant
    • • Razors and shaving cream
    • • Laundry detergent, dish soap, and other cleaning products
    • • Toilet paper and paper towels

    Donations can be dropped off any time the food pantry or thrift shop is open.

    Also check out our Thrift Shop needs.

  • Food Drives

    Food Drives

    Please consider organizing a food or fund drive to benefit the East Bay Food Pantry. Food drives can be either general or targeted to specific needs. If you would like our most up-to-date needs, please call. Also, remember that we can purchase many foods for as little as 5 cents per pound, so sometimes fund drives can be an even more efficient way to help!

  • Grow A Row and Share a Seed

    Grow A Row and Share a Seed

    Grow a Row is a way for home gardeners as well as farms to grow and donate produce to people in need.  Fresh produce is an essential component of a healthy diet, but is not donated frequently enough to supply demand at the East Bay Food Pantry.  Grow a Row is an excellent vehicle to bridge communities, build relationships, and provide low income people with access to fresh, local produce which is a crucial component to our Access Nutrition Initiative.

    Produce is available for our clients every Wednesday and Friday during our Food Pantry and Fresh Food Friday programs.

    Share a Seed provides an opportunity for clients to grow their own produce at home and provides a way for local gardeners and farmers to donate their leftover seeds and seedlings instead of discarding them.  During the Spring planting season we welcome donations of seeds and seedlings as well as pots and potting soil.

    Who Donates the Produce?

    * Farmers and gardeners throughout the East Bay are encouraged to participate. This is a great program to begin with your children!  In addition, we have formed partnerships a variety of local farms and community gardens and are grateful for the gorgeous produce they graciously share with our clients.

    * Whether you grow an extra row, dig up your entire yard, plant a tomato in a container, or organize a collective donation from your community garden, we appreciate your contribution!

    Who Receives the Produce?

    * The East Bay Food Pantry serves clients from all over the East Bay.  Be assured that every Wednesday and Friday the East Bay Food Pantry can use your clean, fresh, home grown produce!

    Do I Need to Sign Up?

    No sign up is necessary.  Just bring us your produce any Wednesday or Friday morning.  If you would like more information please contact us by phone or email.

  • Items We Can't Take

    Items We Can't Take

    The health and safety of our clients is our top priority. As an organization regulated by the RI Department of Health and the RI Community Food Bank, there are some items we are unable to take from individuals.

    • • Homemade foods – We are unable to accept homemade canned items, baked goods, or other foods produced in unlicensed kitchens.
    • • Refrigerated and frozen foods – We are only able to accept these perishable foods directly from businesses licensed by the Department of Health
    • • Medications
    • • Alcohol

Thank-you for your donations! We rely on community support to keep our food programs running.

East Bay Food Pantry & Thrift Shop
532 Wood Street
Bristol, Rhode Island 02809
(401) 396-9490
info@eastbayfoodpantry.org

The East Bay Food Pantry is a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization.


OUR MISSION
To engage, educate and empower the East Bay in creating a hunger-free community.

FOOD PANTRY
Wednesday 10-5
Friday 10-3 Fresh Food Friday


THRIFT SHOP
Tuesday 10-3
Wednesday 10-5
Thursday & Friday 10-4
Saturday 10-3