Workshops & Meetings

2017 Workshop Schedule

Agency Services Conference 2016To 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.

**In case of inclement weather, please call the Food Bank first to make sure we will be open.

Agency Services Workshop Menu

Registration is required. Please call Liz one week in advance at 230-1706.
Lunch & Learn workshops provide lunch to registered participants!
Please let us know if you have any special dietary needs or preferences-we’ll do our best to accommodate you!


Agency Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, April 11 from 4:30 – 5:00 PM

Join Agency Advisory Committee Representatives! Open to all Member Agencies! The business portion of the meeting for Regional AAC Reps will take place from 3:30-4:30.

Southside Community Land Trust: How to Start a Community Garden

Wednesday, April 12 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM @ the Food Bank
A Lunch & Learn Workshop

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!

Leadership Training: Developing and Managing a Budget

Thursday, April 13 from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
A Lunch & Learn Workshop

A well planned, well documented, and well executed budget can help you monitor, predict, and maximize the activities that support your mission, ultimately making you more effective and successful. Come and join us in a discussion on improving the budgeting process for your agency facilitated by Food Bank CFO, Christine Cannata.


Seasonal Cooking! Spring Produce in RI

Wednesday, May 8 from 9:00 – 10:00 AM

Celebrate Spring by learning ways to cook and use fresh, local seasonal produce! We will prepare and sample a nutritious, tasty dish. This session will cover: what to look for and how to choose specific produce, the best way to store fresh produce, cooking techniques, and tips on stretching your budget!

Annual Agency Conference:
Storytelling on Behalf of Your Agency & Guests

Friday, May 12 from 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Harbor Lights Country Club

Doors Open for Registration, Networking & Resource Tables at 10:00 AM
Keep your eye out for additional information!


Cultural Competency Series: Mental Health First Aid

Wednesday, June 14 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM
A Lunch & Learn Workshop

This mini-course will build mental health literacy to help identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness, and to provide tools to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Kim LaFountain LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor) from Bradley Hospital, who will facilitate this workshop, brings a wealth of expertise from her over 15 yrs. in the field of behavioral mental health. Please join us!

Senior Delivery Program Toolkit

Tuesday, June 20 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
A Lunch & Learn Workshop

Lack of transportation keeps many seniors from accessing food. If a senior can’t get to your agency, what can you do to ensure they get the food they need? Learn how other Food Bank member agencies developed their own senior delivery program – with zero or limited funds and other resources, and how you can too!

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

  • April 11 (Tuesday) from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • April 27 (Thursday) from 12:00 – 2:00 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 Kristina Fox at 401-230-1701.