Frequently Asked Questions


How do you qualify for food assistance?

Anyone who comes to us asking for help with food receives it. The only requirement is that you live within our service area. See below for service areas.

What cities and towns does EBFP serve?

We service Bristol, Warren, Barrington, Riverside, East Providence, and Newport County including Tiverton and Little Compton.

What do I need to bring with me to register for food assistance?

Please bring a photo ID with your current address. If your ID is not current, please bring in a piece of mail or lease with your name and current address. Also, IDs for all family members. You may take a photo with your phone of a license or State ID for adult family members. Children 18 and Under, we require seeing a medical card or SS card with the child's name. You will receive a white laminated client card on day of registration and several reusable shopping bags. Please bring these with you everytime you come to the pantry.

What day is the food pantry open?

Our client choice food pantry is open for clients on Wednesday from 10-5. Clients are required to have their photo ID, white client card and reusable shopping bags.
Friday from 10-3 is Fresh Food Friday. Clients can come in every Friday for fresh produce and bread.

How often can I use the food pantry's services?

Once per calendar month for client choice pantry and every Friday for produce.

Can anyone shop at the thrift shop?

YES! Everyone is welcome to the wonderful bargains at our thrift shop. The thrift shop is open Tuesday-Saturday. All proceeds from thrift shop sales go to help us run the food pantry.

How can I support East Bay Food Pantry?

Monetary gifts can be donated on the website or by check mailed to:
East Bay Food Pantry
532 Wood Street
Bristol,RI 02809

How can I donate non perishable food or thrift shop items?

Food donations and thrift shop donations can be dropped off during regular business hours.  Please do not leave donation outside of business hours.

Can I Volunteer at the food pantry?

Yes, we rely on on volunteers to make the work we do possible. A volunteer application and a current background check are required.