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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!

FEBRUARY 2017

Senior Delivery Program Toolkit- A Lunch & Learn Workshop
Thursday, February 9 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Lack of transportation keeps many seniors from accessing food. If a senior can’t get to your agency, what can you do to ensure that 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!   

Food Banks & Suicide Prevention: Listening Beyond Words- A Cultural Competency Lunch & Learn Workshop
Wednesday, February 22 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Food program workers serving our most vulnerable populations are often the front line of hearing those who are hopeless, alone and yes suicidal. Would you know what to say and do? What resources could you refer them too? On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, the Food Bank is pleased to welcome Denise Panichas, Executive Director of The Samaritans of Rhode Island.  Established in 1977, SAMSRI is best known for its signs on our bridges. Today, The Samaritans is seeking greater partnerships with RI’s food programs as helpers in the battle to prevent suicide. She will present “Listening Beyond Words” a presentation on non-judgmental listening,  explain suicide warning signs, community resources and how

The Samaritans can help those we all serve.  Materials will be available to bring back to your program. Please join us!

MARCH 2017

Burnt out on Healthy Lunch & Breakfast Ideas for the Family?
Monday, March 6 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM

It can be exhausting  to make lunches or make sure the kids have left the house with breakfast. Join the Nutrition Education team as they present strategies and ideas on healthy school lunches and to-go breakfast recipes for busy families on a tight budget. The session will include handouts and resources for clients, as well as a cooking demonstration and discussion. The recipes focus on nutrient dense foods with tips on keeping meals food safe as well.

Social Media 101- A Lunch & Learn Workshop
Tuesday, March 21 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Looking for ways to raise awareness of your agency? Social media is the right tool for the job! This training will teach you how to build and manage your own social media platforms. It’s much easier than you think! The Food Bank’s Director of Communications, Hugh Minor and Community Resource Coordinator, Kristina Fox, are teaming up to bring you this interactive workshop.                                                   

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.

  • February 8 (Wednesday) from 11 AM – 1:00 PM
  • February 28 (Tuesday) from 12:00 – 2:00 PM
  • March 8 (Wednesday) from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • March 23 (Thursday) from 12:00 – 2:00 PM
  • 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.