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2016 Workshop Schedule

To register for workshops, please call Liz O'Dea at 401-230-1706 at least one week in advance. Registration is required. Lunch & Learn workshops include lunch for registered participants. Please let us know if you have any special dietary needs or preferences (we'll do our best to accommodate you!)
For a printable list of workshops, click here.

**Please remember our inclement weather policy: If the weather seems daunting, please call the Food Bank first to make sure we will be open.


Southside Community Land Trust:
How to Start a Community Garden

Wednesday, February 24 from 3 - 5:00 pm at the Food Bank

Considering a community garden at your program? This workshop is your chance to work with EXPERTS in community garden development! SCLT will cover infrastructure needs, safety issues, funding & more. Agencies who attend this workshop will receive a community garden starter kit to help your garden grow!


Special Diets 2: Helping Program Participants with Specific Nutritional Needs

Tuesday, March 15 from 12-1:30 pm- A Lunch & Learn Workshop

This is the 2nd part of the Special Diet series, offered by the Nutrition Education team on how to assist clients with various dietary concerns. This workshop will focus on tips and specific food recommendations for Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Pureed Diets/Food Thickeners and individuals on Chemotherapy. This session will include a cooking demonstration and a discussion of what your site can do to assist individuals with these dietary needs. We will provide handouts, recipes and posters for agencies to use at their own programs.

Cultural Competency: Assistance for the Incarcerated...Where to Start?

Wednesday, March 16 from 12- 1:00 pm- A Lunch & Learn Workshop

Formerly incarcerated individuals and families of the incarcerated are relatively invisible populations. This workshop will help refine our knowledge of the circumstances of the incarcerated, the needs of their families and how to best support them all. C. Patrick Westfall, Employment Services Coordinator at Open Doors, will be on hand to answer questions and provide useful information to benefit our member agencies.

Agency Orientations

Agency orientations are required for any new staff members, as well as anyone who orders, shops off the shelves or picks up food at the Food Bank. Orientations are also a good resource for anyone who would like to brush up on their Food Bank knowledge.

  • Thursday, February 25 from 10 am - 12 pm
  • Wednesday, March 9 from 10 am - 12 pm
  • Thursday, March 31 from 1 - 3 pm

To register for an upcoming agency orientation, call Liz O'Dea at 401-230-1706.

Please let us know 48 hours in advance if you need to cancel so that we may contact those on our waiting list. Orientations are held at the Food Bank: 200 Niantic Avenue, Providence, RI 02907

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.