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Community Food News

Read our  Summer 2014 Newsletter!


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The Food Bank will post your volunteer opportunities on our website and promote them at Food Bank volunteer orientations. Get started by downloading a volunteer recruitment form (DOC, 124KB) and send via email to Kelly Seigh, the Food Bank's Volunteer and Special Events Manager.

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Food Bank News for Member Agencies

Senior Box Program Helps Olneyville Residents

The Food Bank is helping seniors through a special senior food program. We have partnered with Parenti Villa on Tobey Street in the Olneyville area of Providence to offer a Senior Box Program to residents over 60 years old.

The program provides 60 seniors with a supplement food box twice a month over a 10-month period. Each Senior Box includes a nutrition handout to accompany the variety of wholesome food choices in the boxes.

On Thursday, September 4, the Food Bank joined Parenti Villa staff for a Senior Box Program Kick Off. The event included basic needs outreach, a nutrition demonstration with food samples and a spice bag (to illustrate alternatives to sodium) and the first Senior Box allocation.

 

Best Practice Program: And the Winners Are...

Throughout the year, the Food Bank’s Agency Services team noticed impressive practices and procedures at our member agencies – practices that go above and beyond what we require of our members.

With the help of the Agency Advisory Committee, we created the Certified Best Practices program. The Certified Best Practices Grant Awards were announced at our annual Agency Conference in May.

“Best of the Best”

  • East Bay Food Pantry
  • Lighthouse Community Outreach
  • West Bay Marketplace

These agencies were awarded a $2,500 shared maintenance grant and a $1,000 cash award to be used to support their food distribution programs.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Church of the Master
  • Trinity Episcopal Church

These agencies received $1,000 shared maintenance grant.

Congratulations to the 2014 winners, and many thanks to all of the agencies who participated!

Annual Agency Conference Brought People Together

This year's annual Agency Conference and Expo brought together people from many corners of the social service community to exchange ideas and find ways to better help their clients.

The Food Bank hosted 87 representatives from 42 member agencies, along with an expo featuring representatives from 34 community organizations that offer services which may be of use to our clients.

The keynote address was delivered by Dennis Roy, Executive Director of East Bay CAP, who spoke on the history of the War on Poverty and the role CAP agencies came to hold in our communities.

To see more photos from the conference and stay up-to-date on the latest Food Bank news, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RICFB.

Community Food News

Community Food News is a newsletter for member agencies of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Stay current on issues that impact your work and about how the Food Bank is making improvements to help your efforts.

In our latest issue, you'll read about membership recertification, new 2014 food safety requirements, the Cultural Competency Agency Grant and more!

Read past issues of Community Food News:

Summer 2014 (PDF 675 KB)

Winter 2014 (PDF 611 KB)

Summer 2013 (PDF 611 KB)

Spring 2013 (PDF 611 KB)