Workshops & Meetings

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!).

**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 401-230-1706.
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, January 9 from 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Join Agency Advisory Committee Representatives after the holidays to brainstorm ideas on going green at your program.
Open to all Member Agencies! The business portion of the meeting for Regional AAC Reps will take place from 3:30-4:30.

All are Welcome: An Overview of Immigrant Rights for Member Agencies

A Lunch & Learn Workshop
Wednesday, January 24 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Learn about the Food Bank’s All Are Welcome Campaign and it’s goal to provide immigration law information as it pertains to guests of food assistance program, to communicate the rights of immigrants and program staff and volunteers, and to make it clear to people in need that All Are Welcome to come for food assistance, regardless of immigration status. Receive an All Are Welcome packet and posters.



Tuesday, February 6 from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Doris Moore, the Food Bank’s Grants Manager, will provide an overview of grants, funding and grant writing. Time will be set aside for you to be able to do some writing and leave with an organizational description or a write up about one of your programs. Sign up ASAP as space is limited to 10 people and this workshop only comes once a year! Please bring information about your program with you.


Nutrition Education: Going Further with Food

Thursday, March 22 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Its National Nutrition Month! Join us and learn easy and budget friendly ways to make food stretch and how nutritious foods can help you flourish! Eating certain foods (like vegetables) and learning how to prepare them can help impact your life and your guest’s life by providing them with the right resources and foods. Join the Community Cooking team and explore these easy ways of going further with food to bring back to your agency and your home. Food samples, handouts and other resources will be available!

Nobody’s Just Hungry: Basic Needs Training

A Lunch & Learn Workshop
Wednesday, March 28 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Food Bank member agencies provide critical food assistance services to thousands of Rhode Islanders. However, we understand that nobody’s just hungry. Many people struggling with food security also struggle with meeting other basic needs such as housing, health care, utilities and employment. At this training, you will gain a working knowledge of the basic needs safety net, and how to connect guests to these resources/services.

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 the Food Bank knowledge.

  • January 10 (Wednesday) from 12:00 – 2:00 PM
  • January 25 (Thursday) from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • February 8 (Thursday) from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • February 27 (Tuesday) from 12:00 – 2:00 PM
  • March 14 (Wednesday) from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • March 27 (Tuesday) 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.