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Upcoming Orientations, Meetings and Workshops

Fall 2014 Workshop Schedule

To register for workshops, please call 401-942-6325 at least one week in advance of the workshop. Lunch 'n Learn workshops include lunch for registered participants. For a printable list of workshops, click here.

Key Messages: How to Talk About the Need for Food Assistance



in an Improving Economy

Thursday, September 18, 9:30 - 11 am



No one doubted the need for food assistance at the height of the recession. Now, in an improving economy, how do we communicate the continued need for charitable support to the public? Director of Communications Cindy Elder will share the Food Bank’s new “key messages” and will help you craft key messages for your own agency. Working in small groups, you will build messaging that reflects your mission in context with the conditions that shape public perceptions. You will also receive an updated copy of the Media Relations Toolkit and Media Contact List.

Leadership Training: Developing Leadership

Tuesday, October 7, 2:30 - 4:30 pm



Are you the only one who knows how to do everything at your agency? Do you have a backup plan in case you are unexpectedly out, want to take a vacation, or retire from your current role? This workshop will help your agency plan for the future.

Annual Meeting and Dinner

Wednesday, October 22, 4:30 - 6:00 pm



The agenda for the meeting includes: The election of the Board of Directors, a report from Food Bank Board and staff-with a focus on Hunger in America 2014, and dinner on us! We encourage you to send a representative from your agency. Invitations and the Board of Directors slate will be sent to agencies via email. Please RSVP to Hope Indeglia O'Brien at 230-1704 by October 13.

Cultural Competency: Group Homes & Group Home Food Centers

Tuesday, November 12, noon - 1:00 PM (Lunch & Learn)



The vulnerable population that reside in group homes and participate in the Group Home Food Center model are often forgotten in the midst of other populations commonly identified as those in need. Come learn more about group homes, how they are run and the special hunger challenges they face. Tips for how to best serve this population at your own program will be discussed and shared. A raffle showcasing items lovingly handcrafted by group home residents will be offered! Join us for this informative workshop that celebrates the strength of this unique population.

Healthy Holidays! Seasonal Tips & Recipes

Online & Ongoing December 1- December 12



Our gift to you this holiday season is a workshop accessible to all of you. Every work day from December 1st - 12th, we will send you an email with healthy holiday tips and recipes. Our goal is to help you have a safe, healthy & happy holiday season. Register with Hope to receive the daily emails. Upon completion of the email series, registrants will be entered into a Healthy Holidays Basket raffle.

NOTE: Please remember our Inclement Weather Policy: If the weather seems daunting, please call the Food Bank first to see if we will be open.

Agency Orientations

Agency orientations are required for anyone at one of the Food Bank’s member agency partners who intend to order, shop or come in to pick up an order of food. They are also a good resource for agencies wishing to brush up on their Food Bank knowledge.

To register for an upcoming agency orientation, call Hope Indeglia O'Brien at 401-230-1704.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 10, 10 am - noon 
  • Tuesday, Sept. 23, 3 - 5 pm 
  • Thursday, Oct. 9, 10 am - noon
  • Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2 - 4 pm
  • Thursday, Nov. 3, 1 - 3 pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 9, 10 am - noon

If you’ve registered but cannot attend, let us know 48 hours in advance so that we may contact those on our waiting list. All agency orientations are held at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. 

Regional Meetings

The Food Bank coordinates regional meetings in Newport, Providence and Woonsocket as opportunities for member agencies in those areas to get together and share resources. For information on upcoming meetings, contact Agency Services at (401) 942-6325.