Food Programs

Food insecurity among Rhode Island families is a real and urgent social issue; one that the East Bay Food Pantry (EBFP) addresses with compassion, expertise, and innovation. All our food programs are designed around our award-winning Access Nutrition initiative. Clients from the East Bay can utilize one or more of our client-choice food programs, making their own selections from the available food based upon household size and nutritional guidelines. All food programs are available free of charge to those in need of food assistance.

 

  • Access Nutrition Initiative

    Access Nutrition Initiative

    We are working to build nutrition consciousness into the culture of EBFP. Our goal is to consistently offer whole grains, a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, and high quality protein and dairy items to our clients who rely on EBFP to supplement their food needs. In addition to nutritious foods, our Access Nutrition Initiative also offers educational opportunities to our clients, volunteers, and staff through workshops, cooking classes, targeted food tastings, and printed materials. We are energized by the real potential for positive impact this initiative can make in the lives of some of the most vulnerable RI families.

     

  • Food Pantry

    Food Pantry

    We are working to build nutrition consciousness into the culture of EBFP. Our goal is to consistently offer whole grains, a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, and high quality protein and dairy items to our clients who rely on EBFP to supplement their food needs. In addition to nutritious foods, our Access Nutrition Initiative also offers educational opportunities to our clients, volunteers, and staff through workshops, cooking classes, targeted food tastings, and printed materials. We are energized by the real potential for positive impact this initiative can make in the lives of some of the most vulnerable RI families.

    Food pantry hours are Wednesdays, 10am-5pm. Clients may shop once each month.

     

  • Fresh Food Fridays

    Fresh Food Fridays

    We offer fresh food (produce, bread, etc.) to our clients every Friday. In an effort to encourage our clients to incorporate more fresh foods into their diets, clients may shop every week if they wish.

    Although this is a year-round program, we make a special effort to partner with local farms and gardeners to provide local, seasonal produce during the growing season. We are committed to getting produce and bread to our clients in its freshest and most nutritious state.

    Fresh Food Friday hours are Fridays, 10am-3pm. Clients may shop weekly.

     

  • Food4Kids

    Food4Kids

    Many low-income children receive free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the National School Lunch Program when they are going to school. Often this program provides a major portion of the nutrients that the children receive. However, over weekends and school vacations, children lose access to this important source of food, setting up roadblocks to the learning process.

    The Food4Kids program is designed to fill the nutrition gap and make sure children can get the nutritious meals they need. Over the summer this program provides families with food to make 5 nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for their children each week. During the school year, the program provides food to make breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for each weekend, with additional food provided over school vacations. While this program is designed to fill the needs of children participating in the National School Lunch Program, any client child 17 or younger is eligible.

    In accordance with our Access Nutrition Initiative, the program focuses on nutritious foods such as eggs, low-fat milk, yogurt, whole grains, and fresh fruit.

    Food4Kids hours are every Friday, 10am-noon during the summer; or the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month, 10am-noon during the school year. Clients may shop weekly during the summer and twice monthly during the school year.

     

  • Commodity Supplemental Food Program

    Commodity Supplemental Food Program

    Without proper nutrients, seniors are at risk of increased disability, decreased resistance to infections, deteriorating mental health, longer hospital stays, and chronic diseases such as diabetes.

    The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a federal nutrition program for low-income seniors age 60 and over that works to improve their health by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA foods. We are proud to be a distribution site for this program, which is offered in cooperation with the RI Community Food Bank, the Department of Elderly Affairs, and the US Department of Agriculture.

    Registered seniors can receive a supplemental box of nutritious food once a month.

     

  • Holiday Food Bags

    Holiday Food Bags

    In November and December, EBFP provides extra food for the holidays. Each client who shops at the food pantry during these months receives a bag with special holiday foods at the time of their visit. No advance registration is required.

     

  • Mobile Pantry

    Mobile Pantry

    Homebound individuals facing food-insecurity have particular challenges meeting their nutritional needs. Their food choices are limited not only by the cost of healthy, high-quality food, but also by their lack of mobility. Poor nutrition can exacerbate chronic diseases , worsen disabilities, decrease resistance to infection, and cause a deterioration of mental health.

    We developed our Mobile Pantry Program to help alleviate this inequality of access to healthy foods. Homebound individuals who need food assistance can receive a monthly delivery of groceries for themselves and any dependents, including fresh produce, milk, eggs, whole grain bread, eggs, meat, and other healthy foods, as well as personal care products. Participants have the opportunity to indicate the foods they want and need each month in advance of their delivery.

    Mobile Pantry food is delivered on select Thursday afternoons.

     

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