Food Pantry Donations

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

  • Items Needed

    Items Needed

    Thanks for your interest in supporting the East Bay Food Pantry.

    Many chronic health conditions can be improved by good nutrition. We appreciate donations of healthy foods!  


    Our current food inventory needs are:

    • Cereal/Oatmeal
    • Canned fruit
    • Canned Meals (ravioli, chili, etc)
    • Granola Bars
    • Beans (black, garbanzo, kidney)
    • Crackers (Wheat Thins; Triscuits; other whole grain)

     Please note we are able to accept dry goods only.


    Our current personal care needs are:

    • Laundry Detergent
    • Adult Diapers

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

    Also check out our Thrift Shop needs.

  • Food Drives

    Food & Fund Drives

    Thank you for your interest in organizing a Food & Fund drive to benefit the East Bay Food Pantry. Food drives are most helpful when they focus on meeting the existing needs at the Pantry (here is our list of current needs) and fund drives (monetary gifts and gift cards) are the most efficient way to help.  Two reasons for this are:  (1) we often are able to source products at lower costs than the typical consumer and (2) they give us the ability to purchase food as needed which allows for better inventory control in a tight space.

    If you do organize a Food & Fund Drive on our behalf, we ask that you contact our Food Programs Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to notify her of your timing and to schedule the drop-off.

    Thank you so much for your support!



  • 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.



“What I enjoy most about growing produce for clients at EBFP is that I can combine my love of gardening with helping folks in need.”
- Beth


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

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

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

Please see the Covid-19 Update on our Home Page for the most current information

Wednesday 10-6:30
Friday 10-3

Monday 10-4
Tuesday 10-4
Saturday 10-4