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Winter 2015 Workshop Schedule

To register for workshops, please call Hope Indeglia O'Brien at 401-230-1704 at least one week in advance. Registration is required. Lunch 'n 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.


Agency Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, January 13, 4 pm - 5 pm

Agency Advisory Committee Representatives will discuss Food Bank and network activities.

Cultural Competency: Generations of Seniors

A Lunch & Learn Workshop

Tuesday, January 20, 12 pm - 2 pm

The Hunger in America Study conducted at our member agencies last year reported that nearly 20% of people using pantries and meal sites in Rhode Island are seniors, age 60 and older. Who are these generations of seniors and how can your program support their multiple needs? From food assistance, healthcare and emergency supports to other resources, join the conversation and share/learn information about the many services available within the community to meet the needs of seniors.


Love your Health, Love Yourself

A Lunch & Learn Workshop

Thursday, February 12, 12 pm - 1 pm

Make a date with your heart! February is American Heart Month. Valentine's Day is a great time to start taking steps to be heart-healthy. Learn effective ways to make smaller healthier changes as part of your family's routine. A proper diet and regular physical activity can be the key to a healthy heart. A Heart Healthy chili to warm the soul will be prepared and served.

Southside Community Land Trust: How to Start a Community Garden

Thursday, February 26, 3 pm- 5 pm at the Food Bank

Have you been considering a community garden at your program? This workshop is your opportunity to work with the EXPERTS in community garden development! SCLT will cover topics including infrastructure needs, safety issues, funding and more. Food Bank member agencies that attend this workshop will receive a community garden starter kit to help your garden grow!


Client Registrations with Community Resource Referrals in Mind

A Lunch & Learn Workshop

Wednesday, March 18, 11 am - 12 pm

Have you been using the same old intake form since your agency started? There is no real right or wrong way of registering your guests, as long as they are accounted for and meet the Food Bank's minimum stats and food safety requirements. But, we can help you revamp your registration forms and incorporate a community resource touch. Join us for this Lunch and Learn Workshop and be sure to bring your agency's intake form!

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

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

  • Thursday, January 8, 12 pm - 2 pm
  • Wednesday, January 21, 10 am - 12 pm
  • Tuesday, February 3, 3 pm - 5 pm
  • Thursday, February 26, 10 am - 12 pm
  • Tuesday, March 3, 3 pm - 5 pm
  • Wednesday, March 25, 1 pm - 3 pm

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.